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Care Level for Chalice Corals
Ease of Care: Moderate to Difficult. While many Chalice corals are resilient, they can be sensitive to changes in their environment and might require more attention compared to some other coral types.
Lighting: Low to Moderate. Chalice corals generally prefer dimmer lighting conditions, but the specific requirement might vary based on the species and the depth at which they naturally occur. Too much light can bleach or harm them.
Water Flow: Moderate. A steady, indirect water flow is best to keep their surface clean and assist in nutrient exchange without being forceful enough to cause stress.
Water Parameters: Stability is essential. Salinity should be between 1.023 to 1.025 specific gravity, pH between 8.1 to 8.4, and temperatures in the range of 75°F to 79°F. Alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium levels should also be monitored and kept stable.
Dietary Needs: Chalice corals have zooxanthellae for photosynthesis, but they also benefit from supplemental feeding due to their carnivorous nature.
Recommended Foods: Small meaty foods are preferred, such as mysis shrimp, rotifers, and finely chopped marine meats. Some specialized coral foods in the market are also suitable.
Feeding Frequency: Direct feeding once a week can be beneficial. Observe their response to feeding and adjust frequency as necessary. Overfeeding should be avoided to maintain water quality.