Chalice Corals Care Guide

The phrase “Chalice corals” represents a variety of corals that include the genus Echinophyllia, the genus Echinopora, the genus Echinomorpha, the genus Oxypora, the genus Mycedium, the genus Pectinia, the genus Lithophyllon, and the genus Physophyllia. Chalices are large polyp stony (LPS) corals. They have an encrusting base but grow forming little cups. Chalice corals appear in a variety of colors and patterns.

Caring for Chalice corals is relatively easy, making them an excellent choice for both beginner and expert Reef Chasers. They require low to moderate lighting. We recommend 75-100 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Chalice corals also prefer moderate water movement.

Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Chalice 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.

When placing your Chalice coral, please remember that these corals are known to be aggressive. They have long sweeper tentacles that can extend to sting other corals that get too close. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Chalice coral to grow and thrive.

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