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How to Care for Symphyllia Coral in a Reef Tank

Find out how to properly care for your new Symphyllia Coral with this "how-to" guide on the requirements for healthy Symphyllia 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 Symphyllia Coral

by scott Shiles • February 27, 2023

Corals, LPS Coral Care

A LPS known as a Symphyllia coral, also known as brain coral, is a popular species of coral in the reef aquarium hobby. Its beautiful and unique appearance makes it a great addition to any reef tank. However, to keep it healthy and thriving in your aquarium, proper care is crucial. In this blog, we will discuss the necessary steps for caring for Symphyllia coral in a reef tank.

Provide Adequate Lighting:

Symphyllia coral requires moderate to high lighting. It is recommended to provide them with LED lighting, which mimics the natural sunlight in the reef environment. Keep in mind that too much light can also damage the coral, so it is essential to adjust the intensity of the light based on the coral's needs.

Maintain Stable Water Parameters:

Symphyllia coral requires stable water parameters to thrive. The ideal temperature for Symphyllia coral is between 75°F and 80°F. It is essential to maintain the pH level between 8.0 and 8.4 and the alkalinity between 8 and 11 dKH. Keeping the calcium and magnesium levels stable is also essential to ensure healthy coral growth.

Keep the Water Clean:

Symphyllia coral is sensitive to high levels of nitrates and phosphates. Therefore, it is essential to keep the water clean and free of any debris. Use a protein skimmer and a good quality filtration system to maintain the water quality. Regular water changes are also necessary to remove any accumulated toxins in the water.

Feed the Coral:

Symphyllia coral is a photosynthetic coral that derives most of its nutrition from the zooxanthellae algae living inside its tissues. However, they also need supplemental feeding. You can feed them small pieces of meaty foods such as shrimp, fish, or krill once a week.

Provide Adequate Flow:

Symphyllia coral requires moderate water flow to remove any waste and distribute nutrients throughout the coral. Too little or too much flow can affect the coral's health, so it is essential to adjust the flow based on the coral's needs.

In conclusion, caring for Symphyllia coral requires consistent attention to their needs. Providing them with adequate lighting, stable water parameters, clean water, and supplemental feeding, along with appropriate water flow, will help ensure their health and longevity in your reef tank. With proper care, Symphyllia coral can be a stunning addition to your aquarium for years to come.

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