Platygyra are large polyp stony (LPS) corals in the Merulinidae family. Also called, “Brain coral,” “Maze coral,” or “Brain Worm coral." Platygyra grow by encrusting and can be found in various shades of greens, purples, grays, and greens with contrasting valleys. They may grow in a domed shape or in a flat plate shape.
Platygyra corals require moderate lighting. We recommend around 100-150 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Platygyra corals also prefer 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. Platygyra corals may also benefit from targeted feeding of micro-planktons.
When placing your Platygyra, please remember that these corals are semi-aggressive and may attack other corals with their sweeper tentacles. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Platygyra corals to grow and thrive.