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Care Level for Trachyphyllia Corals
Ease of Care: Moderate. Trachyphyllia, commonly known as Brain Coral, is tolerant but requires stable water parameters and careful placement in the tank to prevent damage to its fleshy exterior.
Lighting: Moderate. They thrive under moderate lighting conditions. Too intense lighting can cause bleaching, so it’s important to acclimate them to your tank’s lighting.
Water Flow: Low to Moderate. Trachyphyllia prefers gentle water flow to facilitate feeding and remove waste products without causing stress to its tissues.
Water Parameters: Keeping the water parameters stable is essential. Aim for a temperature range of 76-82°F, specific gravity of 1.025-1.026, and pH levels of 8.1-8.4.
Dietary Needs: These corals have symbiotic algae (zooxanthellae) that provide nutrition through photosynthesis but also benefit from supplemental feedings.
Recommended Foods: Feed them meaty foods like mysis shrimp, finely chopped fish, or specially formulated coral feeds that can be directly targeted to the coral.
Feeding Frequency: Supplemental feeding 2-3 times a week is typically sufficient, ensuring the coral can capture and ingest the food without excessive waste.