The Chili Coral is definitely one of the more unique looking corals you can purchase, as it hosts an exotic fire red polyp colouration and elegant branching structure that sways majestically in the water. It is not hard to understand why this coral has such high demand, as it will become a highly eye catching aspect of any reef aquarium.
Though this amazing and unique coral is relatively hardy and tolerant to changing water conditions and parameters, it is a non-photosynthetic coral and therefore can be difficult to look after. This coral will thrive but only in the conditions it requires, it will need to be housed in a aquarium with ample live rock with overhangs and ledges to form its natural wild environment. It should be placed underneath a live rock overhand in order to shade it from receiving too much light, which may cause damage or stress to the coral. Additionally, this coral will thrive best in low lighting and moderate to strong water flow.
It is also ideal to have a wavemaker facing at a nearby rock to the coral, where it can receive strong flow without having it being directly blown on. This coral is a relatively fast grower and therefore when positioning it into your aquarium it is important to make sure there is ample room around it to stop it interfering with other corals. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
As mentioned previously, this coral is non-photosynthetic and therefore will not acquire its nutrients through your aquarium lighting and will need to be fed adequately so it can filter out the foods through its polyps. This can be done relatively easily through adding food sources directly into the aquarium, this sources can be anything from micro-plankton to frozen or live rotifers and other live foods.
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|Easy to Care For|
|Easy to Feed|
|Peaceful to Other Coral|
|Fast Growth Rate|
|Easy to Frag|