Acquired: Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Jerrabomberra, New South Wales, Australia
Posted Apr 01, 2013
Stunningly beautiful AND easy to care for? Chalice corals seem too good to be true; and while their shape and colours may not appeal to everyone they are certainly unfairly overlooked in the reef tank hobby. One of my favourite attributes of the Chalice Coral is that it can actually encrust the glass of your aquarium walls! Usually it is only soft corals I have seen doing this, but it can happen with the exquisite chalice coral too.
Thanks to their distribution in the wild - in which they inhabit varying levels of light and flow - they are a hardy and very adaptable species in the aquarium. They are, however, slow growers and can be very expensive if you are after one of the show-stoppers that pop up now and again. Keep them in pristine water conditions and in a well-fed tank with supplemental coral feedings once a week to see their best growth.
Unlike what is the case with various other rainbow corals, the chalice corals will tend to keep their original colouration under several different light intensities. You will not have to worry as much about your prize winning coral going dull brown and green when you bring it home under lights that don't break the bank. Having said that, they may dull for a week or more after being shipped or excessively handled. You may purchase a cheaper, duller coloured chalice only to have it spring to life with dazzling colours when you acclimate it to your home aquarium.