Acanthophyllia

Discussion in 'Coral of the Month' started by mikejrice, Feb 3, 2015.

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Have you kept acanthophyllia?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    1 vote(s)
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  1. mikejrice

    mikejrice 3reef Affiliate

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    Location:
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    Distribution: Australia, Indonesia
    Coloration: May be solid, banded or speckled in many different colors and combinations of colors
    Care level: Medium
    Lighting requirements: Moderate
    Flow: Low to moderate

    SG: 1.023-1.026.
    Calcium: 400-500.
    Alk: 8-12.
    Magnesium: 1350-1500.
    Temperature: 76-82
    Growth: Moderate is well fed



    Acanthophyllia is a solitary, sand dwelling, large polyp stony coral. It forms a radial skeleton with large, fleshy, accordion style curtains which may extend out to the sand in all direction. Short tentacles surround a central, large oral disc and mouth at the center of the fleshy outer curtains. Colors and patterns are nearly unlimited.

    I've not kept many acanthophyllia during my time as a hobbyist though I have housed a nice green speckled specimen in my tanks for the last year or so. It seems to do well in conditions that suite other large, solitary, sand dwellers although I have noticed that going just a bit under on lighting can cause problems quickly. Low to moderate lighting seems to be best.

    Acanthophyllia has a very potent sting towards anything close enough to touch its flesh. Give it some space!

    I feed acanthos very regularly, as with all solitary sand dwellers, which seems to help with the growth and health of their flesh. Dry pellet foods are what I use, but they will readily accept nearly all meat or vegetable based foods.

    As with all LPS, and especially solitary sand dwellers, stable alkalinity is key to health, color and growth.

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  3. Reefbuilder

    Reefbuilder Scooter Blennie

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    Mine has similar colors opens up to the size of a dinner plate. I feed it silversides every few days.
     
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  4. Reefbuilder

    Reefbuilder Scooter Blennie

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  5. AnotherMike

    AnotherMike Fire Worm

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    I have only discovered these corals in the past 6 months and I'm in love with them. I picked up a rich green one and then at macna this year I picked up this baby.

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    I'm on the lookout for one more dazzling multicolored one.
     
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