The Bowerbanki coral, assigned to the genus Homophyllia in 2016, is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral. The thick-walled, circular corallites of the Bowerbanki coral appear joined directly to one another by fused walls. The corallites are irregularly shaped and may be arranged individually or in short valleys with continuous walls containing several corallites. The skeleton is covered with folded, fleshy tissue. Bowerbanki corals can appear in shades of gold, green, blue, yellow, purple, orange and red.
When introducing a Bowerbanki coral into your reef, location is important regarding lighting and waterflow. Bowerbanki corals should be kept under moderate lighting. We recommend 150-200 PAR. Bear in mind that many corals can be gradually acclimated to lighting beyond their normal range. High lighting can damage a Bowerbanki coral and quickly lead to bleaching. Bowerbanki corals also prefer low to moderate flow. High flow could cause the polyps to not fully extend or could cause tears in the fleshy tissue. Lower flow also provides more opportunities for your Bowerbanki coral to catch a meal.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Bowerbanki corals benefit from targeted feeding of meaty foods like Mysis shrimp or brine shrimp. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
Bowerbanki corals are peaceful, but they need their own personal space. At night, stinging sweeper tentacles will emerge from the Bowerbanki coral and ensure that nothing is encroaching on that personal space, so make sure to give this coral about 2 - 4 inches away from other corals to grow and thrive.