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How to Care for Scolymia in a Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Scolymia Coral with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Scolymia Coral from the #1 place to buy corals online!

Read along to find out the Lighting, Water Flow, Feeding, Placement & more when it comes to the care of your new Scolymia Coral

by scott Shiles • February 27, 2023

Corals, LPS Coral Care

Scolymia, also known as doughnut or disc corals, an LPS Coral are a popular choice for reef aquarium enthusiasts due to their unique and colorful appearance. These corals require specific care to thrive in a reef tank, and in this blog, we will discuss how to properly care for Scolymia in your reef aquarium.

Tank Setup:

Before introducing Scolymia to your aquarium, it's important to ensure that the tank setup is suitable for their needs. Scolymia requires a moderate to high flow rate and moderate to high light levels. Additionally, the water quality should be kept stable, with parameters such as temperature, salinity, pH, and alkalinity within the appropriate range.


Scolymia are photosynthetic corals and can obtain some of their nutrition through the process of photosynthesis. However, they also require supplemental feeding to provide them with the necessary nutrients to thrive. Offer small pieces of meaty food such as shrimp, fish, or mysis shrimp, once or twice a week.

Water Changes:

Performing regular water changes is essential to maintain the water quality and prevent the buildup of harmful compounds in the tank. We recommend doing 10-15% water changes every two weeks, which will help keep the water quality stable.

Coral Placement:

Scolymia can be aggressive towards other corals and should be placed in a position where they have plenty of space around them. It's essential to avoid placing them too close to other corals to prevent any aggression.

Monitoring and Observation:

Regular observation and monitoring of Scolymia can help identify any potential issues early on. Watch out for any signs of stress, such as discoloration or tissue recession, which can indicate a problem with water quality or lighting. If you observe any issues, address them immediately to prevent further damage.

In summary, Scolymia require specific care to thrive in a reef tank. They require a moderate to high flow rate, moderate to high light levels, supplemental feeding, and regular water changes. Additionally, it's important to place them in a position where they have plenty of space and to monitor them regularly for signs of stress. With proper care, Scolymia can be a beautiful addition to your reef aquarium.

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