Favites Coral Care Guide

Favites corals are large polyp stony (LPS) corals. They have an encrusting base but usually grow forming a dome-shape. Favites corals are also known as "brain corals" or "closed brain corals." The corallites of a Favites coral form to create one fused/shared a wall.  Sometimes this can make it hard to distinguish between a Favites coral and a Favia Coral. (They look very similar, but the Favia coral will form two distinct walls with a visible groove in-between these walls instead of the one fused/shared wall like the Favites coral.)   We allow some grace in the identification of these corals as it can be very hard to determine in smaller specimens. They both require similar care, so it's okay if you aren't 100% which type you have right away. Favites corals appear in a variety of colors and patterns.

Caring for Favites corals is relatively easy, making them an excellent choice for both beginner and expert Reef Chasers. Favites corals require low to moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement. We recommend 75-100 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.  Favites 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 Favites corals, please remember that Favites 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 Favites coral to grow and thrive.

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