Blue Velvet Torch
Blue Velvet Torch is WYSIWYG approx. 2″ in diameter single head. This torch coral has a blue-violet base color with metallic teal accents and highlights. The Torch coral is a great beginner coral and will sway back and forth to the currents in the aquarium. Torch Corals are a favorite of many because of the sense of motion they bring to a reef tank. The Euphyllia Torch Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral, often referred to as Trumpet Coral or Pom-Pom Coral.
They do have sweeper tentacles that can extend 2″- 4″ at night and sting nearby corals. Aussie Gold Torch Corals may be placed next to other Euphyllia species such as Frogspawn Coral and Hammer Coral as they do not sting other Euphyllia Corals. It may be brown or green with yellow on the tips of its tentacles. The yellow will sometimes appear to glow under actinic lighting.
Provide plenty of room between the Euphyllia Torch Coral and other sessile animals, since at night, its sweeper tentacles can extend up to several inches from its base and sting other coral species. It is moderately difficult to maintain, but it is a popular coral that will thrive under proper conditions and excellent water quality parameters. Ideally, it needs to have moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. Its aquatic home will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water for its continued good health. It will also benefit from additional food fed weekly in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp.
Lighting & Flow Requirements
Torch Corals require moderate water flow and moderate lighting (PAR 150-250). T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Torch Corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration. Key to torches we have found is flow, they need more than most euphyllia coral.