The Colored Open Brain Coral is a fantastic colored 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. This beautiful and reasonably priced coral is a perfect choice for enhancing any reef aquarium landscape without breaking your budget. The Colored 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 Colored Open Brain Coral is relatively easy, making it an excellent choice for the beginner to expert hobbyist. The Colored 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 Colored Open Brain Coral will benefit from the addition of calcium, strontium, iodine, magnesium and trace elements to the water column.
The Colored 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 Colored Open Brain Coral and neighboring corals.
The photosynthetic symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within the Colored Open Brain Coral satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements. However, the Super Red 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.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 5-1/4"