What are Euphyllia corals?

Euphyllia are one of the most popular types of coral in the hobby right now. Not only do they look amazing and add some movement to your tank, they also are fairly easy to take care of. Part of the Large Stony Polyp group they have large fleshy tentacles that are most visible. Here are some of the things you need to know to get you started with Euphyllia.

Hammer Coral

Hammer Coral

Hammer corals are one of the best corals for any system. They don’t require too much attention and add a nice bit of movement to your tank. They do need their own space in your tank as they can sting other nearby corals. Some of our favorites are the ASD Holy Grail Hammer and our Purple Splatter Tip Hammer.

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Torch Coral

Torch Coral

Torch corals are the king of flowy corals. If you want a coral that is relaxing and ads nice movement to your tank, torches are perfect. Like other euphyllia corals, make sure to give them their space as they will stink anything they touch. Some of our favorites are our Indo Gold Torch and our Cotton Candy Torch.

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Frogspawn

Frogspawn Coral

The frogspawn coral can sometimes appear to look very similar to the Hammer Coral. While having the same temperament and growth the obvious difference is the shape of the tip of the coral. Hammers tend to have a hammer-like curve where Frogspawn corals have a more circular tip. Frogspawn also typically have a more loose branching tentacle growth pattern. Both of them are perfect for anyone looking to add a little movement to their tank.

 

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Euphyllia Coral Care

How much light do Euphyllia need?

Quality lighting is extremely important for growing Montipora and getting good coloration. At Sunnyside Corals, we grow all of our corals under both T-5 lighting and Radions. We run our lighting on a modified AB schedule with our T-5s and Radions. Euphyllia do only require a moderate amount of lighting to grow well. Most lighting will be able to grow Euphyllia well.

Flow Requirements

Euphyllia are perfect for adding movement to your tank as they move in the flow. You will want to make sure your corals have a decent amount of flow on them but make sure they are not getting blasted directly. A moderate amount of flow is just about perfect for most Euphyllia.

How to place LPS coral

When placing Euphyllia, you have to be mindful of where you place them. Their long sweeping tentacles will sting and potentially kill other corals near them. Consider that when placing them and think about water flow near them. Most Euphyllia do well next to similar Euphyllia and often do not have issues with stinging one another. For example, you can place torches next to other torches but might run into problems with a torch blowing into a hammer coral.

Water Parameters

Water parameters are always a key part of growing any coral. Like other LPS corals, you will want to make sure the Calcium and Alkalinity levels are always stable in your tank. The skeletal base of the coral is formed by consuming Calcium and Alkalinity. Euphyllia also do well in slightly higher nutrient systems with slightly elevated Phosphate and Nitrate levels.

How to increase coral growth

The key to increasing growth in your tank is to make sure your tank is consistent. Once you find a spot in your tank where your corals are happy, don’t move them. If you keep your parameters consistent and have adequate light and flow, your corals will start to thrive. 

Torch with Clown fish

Things to Know Before You Buy Euphyllia

Euphyllia are a great coral for anyone looking to add movement and color to your tank. They can be an easier coral to keep happy but as all coral, they do require some stability. As technology advances, maintaining a healthy tank is increasingly easy. Once you get your system running smoothly and it’s stable you can grow Euphyllia fairly easily.  Things like dosers, calcium reactors and other automated tools have made keeping Euphyllia a lot easier but may not be necessary. The nicest thing about Euphyllia coral, is they can be largely hands off. If your tank is relatively stable and your coral are placed in a good spot, they should grow well for you.

Other important factors that play a role in the success of growing Euphyllia is the correct amount of lighting and flow. At Sunnyside Corals, we run a modified AB schedule with Gen 4 radions and supplement T-5 lighting on all our corals. They grow best under a medium amount of light. No one size fits all with all types of Euphyllia so make sure you do your research before placing.

When can I add Euphyllia to my tank?

Like most LPS corals, Euphyllia can be a great coral to put in a somewhat newer tank. They can be fairly resilient but should not be your first coral in your tank. Euphyllia might be able to survive in a newer tank but might not grow much until your tank parameters are steady and there is less fluctuation.

Dry Rock

If you started your tank with dry rock you will most likely have to wait close to 6 months to a year before you will be able to successfully keep anything alive. This is because dry rock can leach phosphate into the water for a very long time. As all coral, Euphyllia will do best in a more established tank but they are a good option when initially adding coral slowly to your tank.

Live Rock

If you started your tank with live rock that process can be dramatically shorter. However, be aware that just because your levels are where they should be does not mean that your tank is actually ready for any corals. We recommend introducing LPS or Soft corals first with any new system. One of our beginner corals would be a great first coral to test your tank with. After having success with soft corals, you might start to think about adding Euphyllia and other LPS corals to your tank. SPS corals should be the last thing that you add to your tank.

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