Lobophyllia are large polyp stony (LPS) corals in the Lobophylliidae family. Lobophyllia corals can be found in a wide variety of colors and textures. They are sometimes called “Brain corals,” “Lobed brain corals,” and “Lobed cactus coral."
Lobophyllia corals require moderate lighting. We recommend around 150-200 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Lobophyllia corals also prefer low to moderate water flow.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed. Lobophyllia corals may benefit from targeted feeding with meaty foods such as brine or Mysis shrimp when tentacles are present.
When placing your Lobophyllia, please remember that these corals can be aggressive at night and have sweeper tentacles that can damage neighboring corals. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Lobophyllia corals to grow and thrive.