Favites sp.

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Common Name: Moon coral
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Product Source: AU
Product Origin: Great Barrier Reef
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“Favites” are commonly known in the industry as Pineapple Coral, Moon Coral, Brain Coral, or Larger Star Coral.

Favites are often confused with Favia, but the walls of the corallites are shared or fused in Favites, whereas the walls of Favia species are not. The walls of Favites are also higher and often unevenly shaped and polygonal.

In the wild, colonies of Favites Corals are flat, dome-shaped, and massive.

They live in a wide range of habitats on the reef under varying lighting conditions, yet all have moderate turbulent water movement.

They feed at night, extending tentacles and deflating their tissue.

Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3

pH

8.0 to 8.3

34 - 36ppm

Salinity

34 - 36ppm

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Temperature

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Husbandry Requirements
8.0 to 8.3

Lighiting

50-100 PAR - 110-175 PAR

34 - 36ppm

Flow

Some turbulence required

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Aggressiveness

Has sweeper tentacles and/or an ability to sting some other corals.

Acclimation Guide

  • It is highly recommended to acclimate all corals to a new environment to prevent shocking corals.
  • Place the corals in the water from the packing bags and slowly add the water from new environment (Dripping method is recommended).
  • Use the water parameter above as a guide.
  • When the vessel becomes full , replace the water with the new environment water by a small amount at a time.
  • Ensure the water temperature matches with the new environment’s water.
  • After the corals have spent adequate time in the acclimation water, gently place the corals to a new environment.
  • It is recommended to place new corals under lower light intensity than usually required. Once corals show no signs of stress, it can be moved to higher lighting area gradually.”