Dipsastraea are large polyp stony (LPS) corals. In the reef trade, Dipsastraea pallida is one of the most common species found. They have an encrusting base but usually grow forming a dome-shape. They are very similar to Favia corals, but were reclassified to the Dipsastraea Genus. Like the Favia, Dipsastraea corallites form their own individual walls. Dipsastraea corals appear in a variety of vibrant colors and patterns as well.
Caring for Dipsastraea corals is relatively easy, making them an excellent choice for both beginner and expert Reef Chasers. They require low to moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement. We recommend 100-150 PAR. Bear in mind that many corals can be gradually acclimated to lighting beyond their normal range. Water flow that is too high can damage their fleshy polyps.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Dipsastraea 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 Dipsastraea coral, please remember that these corals can 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 Dipsastraea coral to grow and thrive.