Water Flow: Moderate
Care Level: Easy
The Open Brain Coral is a magnificent bicolor variety of the large polyp stony (LPS) coral often referred to as a Lobed, Colored, Carpet, Flat, or Open Brain Coral, Meat Coral, Modern Coral, or Large Flower Coral. Contrasting shades of red and green coloration and curvy, architectural shape of this LPS coral is sure to make a striking presentation adding exciting visual interest any reef aquarium landscape. The Open Brain Coral has large fleshy polyps that hide its calcareous skeleton. Lobophyllia Brain Corals are found in a variety of textures and color forms. Some are smooth, while others are pimply, and look like carpet. Colors vary from bright red, green, orange, gray, tan, or brown.
Caring for the Open Brain Coral is relatively easy, making it an excellent choice for the beginner to expert hobbyist. The Open Brain Coral requires moderate to high lighting conditions achieved by T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, the Open Brain Coral will benefit from the addition of calcium, strontium, iodine, magnesium and trace elements to the water column.
The Open Brain Coral is semi-aggressive, extending its sweeper tentacles at night well beyond the base, potentially stinging other species of corals and animals within reach. Therefore, it is important to leave ample space between the Open Brain Coral and neighboring corals.
The photosynthetic symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within the Open Brain Coral satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements. However, the Open Brain Coral will benefit from supplemental feedings in the form of micro-plankton or baby brine fed twice per week in the evening while its tentacles are visible.
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