Rainbow Grape Coral
The Rainbow Grape Coral are a relative of torch, frogspawn and hammer coral. Euphyllia Cristata, commonly known as Grape Coral, are just as easy to care for as their more cousins in the Euphyllia family. This Rainbow Grape Coral is WYSIWYG double head, each head measuring approximately 1.5″ in diameter.
Grape Coral are hardy and easy to care for in lower light, lower flow aquariums. These corals can be adapted to higher light if they are acclimated slowly. We recommend starting on the bottom of the aquarium and only moving them once every few weeks. Close attention should be paid to the color of the tentacles and any bleaching in color means to move it under less light.
Purple and Teal Grape corals and other Euphyllia benefit from regular feedings of small meaty foods such as zooplankton. Often you will find that clownfish readily substitute Euphyllia for anemones. Chaos Aqua’s personal home display has a pair of clowns hosting a mature Euphyllia Parancora colony. These corals make a great addition to any aquarium and regardless of their commonality always seem to draw the most attention from spectators. Their tentacles flowing in current not only confuses clownfish but also most people outside the hobby will ask if they are anemones.
Euphyllia is a coral Genus name that includes those corals commonly known as Torch, Grape, Frogspawn, and Hammer corals. All are common LPS corals that exhibit large, fleshy tentacle heads over skeletons that are normally either branching or wall patterned. They are most easily distinguished from one another by the shape of the tentacles, although some specimens may show mixed characteristics that make an absolute ID tricky.
All Euphyllia are prone to sweeper tentacle formation and will aggressively sting any near neighbors that they brush against. These corals have a sharp skeleton at the base of the polyp and excessive flow can cause tearing. They may also fail to fully expand under high flow conditions. Take care to allow the Euphyllia to fully close before moving them to avoid tearing. These corals are somewhat prone to brown jelly type infections if stressed or damaged. Infected heads should be removed immediately to prevent spread of the disease.