Australophyllia wilsoni are large polyp stony (LPS) corals in the Lobophylliidae family. Wilsoni corals can be found in a wide variety of colors and textures. They are sometimes called “Brain corals” or “Lobed brain corals.”
Wilsoni corals require lower lighting. We recommend around 75 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Wilsoni corals also prefer lower water flow. These corals really do not like a lot of flow, so keep that in mind when placing your new coral. It’s important to note that there are really 2 types of Wilsoni and it’s based purely on where the specimen was collected. There is a cold water variety and a warm water variety. The cold water Wilsoni is found in waters that range from 70-72°F. The warm water Wilsoni is found in waters that range from 76-78°F. Unfortunately, the brighter colored Wilsoni corals come from the colder waters. However, hobbyists have had success slowly acclimating cold water Wilsoni corals to warmer temperatures. So, there is hope.
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. Wilsoni corals benefit greatly from targeted feeding with meaty foods such as brine or Mysis shrimp when tentacles are present.
When placing your Wilsoni, 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 Wilsoni to grow and thrive.