Neon Green Acanthophyllia
Neon Green Acanthophyllia is WYSIWYG, Approx. 3.5″ in size. This acanthophyllia is a unique specimen, with its teal base color, violet and aqua accents. Acanthophyllia Corals are commonly referred to as “Meat Coral” and are similar in appearance to Scolymia. Acanthophyllia are fleshier than scolymia and would prefer a sandy spot in the aquarium rather than placement in the rockwork. Meat corals are not aggressive and are relatively easy to keep. They appreciate occasional offerings of meaty foods such as krill.
T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Acanthophyllia Corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
The reason these animals are typically considered to be appropriate for novice reef aquarists is because they are tolerant of a variety of aquarium conditions. If one were to look at this animal in the wild, he or she would see that it thrives in areas of the reef where other popular aquarium corals often do not. For example, corals from the genus Acanthophyllia may be found in shaded areas and vertical placements, where they are not exposed to the full intensity of the sun. As such, the marine aquarist who does not possess high intensity, reef-ready lighting (such as metal halides) can still have success with these beautiful corals.
The other main consideration with these corals is water movement. Acanthophyllia specimens should not be exposed to high flow, as the water moving across the surface of the polyp may force the animal to not open completely. The best placement for one of these corals is where it will be exposed to moderate-low intermittent flow. It may be placed either directly on the sandbed or higher in the aquarium if the lighting is not too intense.