Fungia is a genus of corals in the family Fungiidae. Fungia corals are mostly solitary, with some species growing up to 12 inches in diameter. Fungia Plate corals can be found in the "short tentacle" or the "long tentacle" varieties. Plate corals are large polyp stony (lps) corals. They exist in a variety of colors like green, orange, pink, purple, red, and blue. With so many color options and the relatively low care requirements, it's easy to see why a lot of Reef Chasers choose the Fungia Plate coral.
Fungia Plate corals require moderate lighting combined with low to medium water movement. We recommend 150-250 PAR. Plate corals are typically found living in the rubble around the reef. They will be happiest laying on the bottom of your reef in the substrate. Try to choose an area where sand doesn't blow on them as it irritates them. Fungia Plates have the ability to inflate themselves to remove sand and to increase their exposure to light, but it's best to put them in an area where they don't have to expend so much effort.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. They also filter-feed on the nutrients in the water column. It is a good idea to provide them with additional foods like microplankton or other foods designed for filter-feeding invertebrates. Your Fungia Plate coral can benefit from regular targeted feedings of zooplankton, Mysis shrimp, or brine shrimp.
Fungia Plate corals are solitary and semi-aggressive. When they inflate, they can double their size. They can damage other corals with their tentacles and they can emit tissue-damaging mucus to slime their foes. These are important things to keep in mind when picking the "perfect home" for your Fungia Plate. Be sure to give them ample room to grow and thrive. Extra care should be taken when handling your Fungia Plate coral to prevent tissue damage and to keep from getting yourself slimed.