The Torch coral, also known as the Pom Pom Coral, is a member of the Euphylliidae Family. A fine specimen of the Euphyllia genus, Euphyllia glabrescens stands apart visually, wielding its long, thin polyps with contrasting tips. This is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral. Those whipping polyps are really something to see in a reef. Torch corals are typically found in shades of purple, brown, gray, blue, green, cream, and even gold.
When placing your Torch coral in its new home, make sure to consider flow and lighting. Torch corals need good movement. Good movement keeps them clean, healthy, and gives them opportunities to catch a meal. Torches prefer medium to high flow water flow. You don't have to blast them, but that movement needs to be turbulent and not in one constant direction. Torches also like moderate lighting. Torch corals prefer indirect, low to moderate lighting. We recommend 100-125 PAR. Bear in mind that many corals can be gradually acclimated to lighting beyond their normal range.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Torch corals do benefit from target feeding. They also capture microplankton/food particles from the water column and can absorb dissolved organic matter. Euphyllia like to eat. Torch corals benefit from regular targeted feeding.
Torch corals can be aggressive. They have sweeper tentacles that can extend for feeding and defending itself. It is very important to give your Torch coral plenty of personal space to grow and thrive. They can sting and kill other coral species. Torches do not, however, sting other Torch corals. It is important to handle and place your Torch coral safely and with care.