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Chalice Coral

Chalice Coral

The Chalice Coral truly has the most amazing colourings out of all corals in the ocean. It hosts a mind blowing array of the most vibrant blues, purples, pinks, reds and more. Each Chalice is unique and you will not find two identical and this is what makes it so special. 

Requirements
Caring for this amazing coral is not actually as hard as you would imagine, and as long as you follow the basic requirements it should thrive in the home aquarium. The requirements that need to be met are that your aquarium holds low to moderate lighting and low to moderate water flow. Additionally, it is recommended that the placement of this coral should be placed on live rock as it will form a encrusting habit and spread along it as it matures. 

Suggestions
The Chalice Coral can also release transparent sweeper tentacles that will most definitely harm those more docile invertebrates and corals if necessary. Therefore, it is important to also place this coral with enough space around to prevent any stinging from taking place. 

Feeding
Though this coral will attain the majority of its nutritional requirements from the lighting through photosynthesis, it will also benefit from additional food sources in the form of brine shrimp or micro-plankton. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

STATISTICS
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Lighting: Low to Moderate
Waterflow: Medium
Placement: Bottom to Middle
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Colour Form: Pink, Purple, Red
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Family: Pectiniidae
Origin: Fiji
 

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Easy to Care For
3
Easy to Feed
3
Peaceful to Other Coral
3
Fast Growth Rate
3
Easy to Frag
3
Average
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  1. Lighting – In general they prefer subdued lighting. Form follows function, which with corals that plate out such as chalices they do this to capture the maximum amount of light. Most chalices are collected between 40 and 80 feet of water. In our systems this means that newly acquired wild specimens should be started out at the bottom of the tank in a shaded area. Frags that have been purchased should be set in the same lighting situation as from the sellers tank. My personal tank runs two 250w 20k radiums that are about 3 years old now. I have by trial and error been able to figure out where they do best in the system. Most of them the optimum placement is about 20” or greater away from halides. Feeding – Chalices are very active feeders…. at night! If you take a look at your system 2 hours after the lights have gone out, your chalice will be a mass of tentacles. This is a great time to feed, it keeps the fish from stealing the food. I feed mine a mix of brineshrimp and small mysis (PE mysis which are very popular are almost too big) We want to make sure the chalice can get the food inside the mouth and close the mouth in less than 5 mins. This is important because it will hopefully keep any other hungry inverts from tearing open the mouths of the coral. The ideal feeding situation would be to use a cut open 2 liter pop bottom and feed through the top of it. This does a good job of keeping other inverts, fish, etc out while the coral feeds. The chalices in my system are fed every 3 days. I dont try to feed every mouth, i just give the coral a good squirt of food and let it capture what it wants.

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