Common Name: Elegance Coral
To the uninitiated, the Elegance coral looks a lot like an anemone. It has acone-shaped base from which the large fleshy polyps and tentacles are extended during the day. The color is usually green or light brown with green high-lights and pink, yellow or blue tentacle tips. Elegance corals can grow fairly large and become the dominate specimen in a smaller tank.
Veron: Colonies are flabello-meandroid with straight edged septa forming wide V-shaped valleys. Valleys areevenly spaced and have sharp edged walls. Septa are widely spaced. There are no columellae. Polyps have large tubular tentacles extending from large fleshy oral discs. Forms satellite colonies (likethe poritid Goniopora stokesi) in aquaria. Color is distinctive green with pink tentacle tips and a striped oral disc.
Veron: Occurs in protected, preferably turbid water.Care:
Hardiness: Elegance coral is usually considered to be very hardy. There have been reports over the last 2 years or so that success with this coral is becoming less common and the reason why isnot yet understood. Elegance will occasionally withdraw their tentacles and inflate their bodies into a contorted shape. This may be in an effort to expel waste products and should not be a causefor concern. If they remain like this for more than a couple of days, it may be a sign that they are not happy for some reason and you should investigate water conditions and verify that nothing isattacking the coral.
Lighting: Requires moderate to strong lighting.
Water Current: Elegance corals prefer low to moderate water flow. Optimum water flow is enough to lightly wave its tentacles. They will tolerate stronger water flows, but will expand less and the tentacles will become stubbier as shown in the picture to the right.
Temperature: Does well within a range of at least 75º to...