⛅LIGHT: Moderate to Low
LEVEL OF CARE: Intermediate
CLASSIFICATION: (LPS) Echinophyllia
CottonCandy Watermelon Chalice (Echinophyllia aspera) is a colorful addition to any aquarium. The coral sports a green edge around a red body, resembling a watermelon, hence its name. As this variety grows, some of the eyes may develop yellow eyes that look like the seeds of the fruit. The color develops when the colony grows to 1 to 2 inches.
Most Chalice Corals will increase the production of mouths (eyes) as they get comfortable with their environment and begin growing.
Chalice Coral are typically an encrusting low rider formation of wavy cups and folds. The middle of the coral can have significantly raised corallites, which can appear as raised round, warty bumps. The flat middle, which is where the oral disc is located, is a raised area 1/2" (1.27 cm) or larger. Some are less dramatically structured with little whorls and slight bumps, while the ends or outer perimeter of the coral are delicate.