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Pineapple Brain Coral
(Favites spp.)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Aggressive
Waterflow: Medium
Placement: Any
Lighting: Moderate
Color Form: Brown, Cream, Green, Orange, Yellow
Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Water Conditions: 72-78° F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Faviidae
Species: LPS Hard Corals
Species Information
The Favites Corals are large polyp stony (LPS) corals often referred to as Moon, Pineapple, Brain, Closed Brain, Star, Worm, or Honeycomb Coral. They are the most common and prolific coral in the world, and are very similar to the genus Favia, sharing many of the same common names, and sometimes being very difficult to differentiate.
Favites Corals are found in various color forms and polyp shapes. "Pineapple Coral" is the name commonly given to those that have smaller circular patterns with a tan-ish brown outer ridges and vibrant green inner crevices. Favite Corals are aggressive, expanding their sweeper tentacles at night well beyond their base. It is important to leave space between them and neighbors in the reef aquarium, so that other corals are not stung by the sweeper tentacles.
Aquarium Care
Maintenance for the Favite Corals (Pineapple Brain Coral) is relatively easy, making them excellent choices for both beginner and expert hobbyist. They require only moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. While they do not require high intensity lighting, Pineapple Brain Corals should be given full spectrum lighting usually 6500K with Actinic Blue combination and they will also do fine with more intense lighting systems. Water movement should be moderate, they should not be subjected to any direct continuous current.
Feeding & Nutrition
To maintain Pineapple Brain Corals in good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be added to the water. They will also benefit from the addition of supplemental meaty foods in the form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp. They should be fed twice per week in the evening while the tentacles are visible.
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