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Red Open Brain Corals are one of the most common aquarium corals.
A good choice for the hobbyist just getting started with stony corals.
They have a hard skeleton that is covered with fleshy tissues that expand and make the coral look much larger then they actually are.
The shape is generally large-lobed and may be flat or dome-shaped. Round or figure-eight-shaped corals are also common.
Care must be taken when placing the coral in the aquarium so that nothing will damage the soft tissue.
When placing them in the aquarium place them on the substrate or mid-way in the aquarium where they will receive tdirect light.
Allow ample space between it and other corals, as it will sometimes sting its neighbors.
Open Brain Corals can become shocked and potentially bleached (a rapid die-off of the algae in its tissue) after rapid changes in the intensity of its lighting.
Always acclimate carefully, especially if increasing the light intensity.
Most of the coral's nutrients come from the symbiotic algaes that benefit from this lighting, but supplemental feedings are also beneficial.
Open Brain Corals will extend long feeder tentacles at night and should be target fed about an hour after the lighting is off. T
hough they generally prefer moderate to high flow, decrease the flow while feeding to give the coral a chance to feed.
Some Trachyphyllia have been known to capture larger meaty foods including small fish and invertebrates
Though these corals are mostly photosynthetic, they benefit from the occasional bit of raw table shrimp, frozen mysis shrimp or silverside once a week.
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