Species group: Corals and Polyps
Other common names: Pagoda coral, Turban coral, Vase coral, Bowl coral, Scroll coral
Scientific name: Turbinaria sp.
Suitable for beginners, it will grow depending on the conditions it is kept under. It may favour vertical expansion or horizontal growth depending on your light levels and flow. Beware of cup corals with very thin plates as they generally demand more fastidious care. Feeding should be carried out once per week and can be with food as large as a small mysis shrimp. Rotifers or filter-feeding food is also acceptable food. Direct feeding is not always necessary and a “snow storm” approach, if it does not pollute the tank, is favourable.
Turbanaria species of coral get their common name from the shape they form as they grow, being a cup or bowl shape. Yellow, green, grey, tan, cream, brown, purple
It is peaceful with other corals but does need ample room to grow, as it is a fast grower.
Keeping clean water free of phosphates and nitrates, with high and stable pH and calcium levels is the key to successfully keeping SPS corals such as cluster coral. A steady alkalinity with a calcium level no lower than 400 ppm should be maintained and calcium, strontium, iodine and generalized trace elements should be seeded into the water as directed for continued health. Lighting: Moderate, Flow: Medium - High, Calcium: 400 - 450 ppm, Feeding: Weekly feeds
1.024 – 1.028
water parameter changes, easily recognised shape, tiny tentacles, great addition
Pagoda Cup Coral, water flow, medium light
Very intense, uses a lot of energy
Metal halides were the go-to lighting fixtures in reef-keeping. They are very bright but give off a lot of heat and require a big ballast to start up. I've had over 15 reef tanks that used MH bulbs. Some aquarists with really deep reef tanks use them but most hobbyists go with modern LED reef lighting. You have to replace them every year because the light quality (spectrum) declines over time. Reef LED fixtures provide enough intensity and the right color spectrum for stony corals. LED lighting uses a fraction of the energy and runs much cooler..
From James 508 days ago