Mummy Eye Chalice
The Mummy Eye Chalice Coral (Echinophyllia sp.), also known as the "Mummy Eye Coral," is a striking and sought-after coral species in the reef aquarium hobby. Proper care is essential to ensure its health, growth, and vibrant coloration. Here are some care guidelines for the Mummy Eye Chalice Coral:
Provide moderate to high lighting conditions for the Mummy Eye Chalice Coral. LED lighting with customizable intensity and spectrum settings is commonly used in reef aquariums. Ensure that the coral receives adequate light to promote its growth and enhance its colors.
2. Water Flow:
Moderate water flow is generally suitable for Mummy Eye Chalice Corals. A gentle to moderate water movement helps prevent debris buildup and ensures that the coral's tissue is not damaged by excessive flow.
3. Water Parameters:
Maintain stable and appropriate water parameters to support the health of the Mummy Eye Chalice Coral:
- Temperature: 75-80°F (24-27°C)
- Salinity: 1.025 specific gravity
- pH: 8.0-8.4
- Alkalinity: 8-12 dKH
- Calcium: 400-450 ppm
- Magnesium: 1200-1350 ppm
- Nitrate and Phosphate: Low levels (regular testing and adjustments may be necessary)
Choose a suitable location in your aquarium where the Mummy Eye Chalice Coral can receive proper lighting and water flow. Leave enough space between the coral and other nearby corals to prevent aggressive interactions.
The Mummy Eye Chalice Coral is primarily photosynthetic and relies on its symbiotic zooxanthellae for energy. However, it can benefit from occasional supplemental feeding. Offer it small pieces of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, or finely chopped seafood. Feed the coral a few times a week to support its growth and coloration.
6. Water Quality:
Regular water changes are important for maintaining water quality. Perform weekly water changes of about 10-20% to replenish essential trace elements and maintain stable water parameters.
7. Coral Dip:
When introducing new coral specimens to your aquarium, it's a good practice to dip them in a coral dip solution to help remove potential pests or hitchhikers.
Regularly observe the coral's appearance and behavior. Watch for signs of stress, such as tissue recession, color loss, or tissue damage. These signs could indicate issues with lighting, water quality, or other factors.
Like all corals, the Mummy Eye Chalice Coral may take time to acclimate and grow in a new environment. Be patient and allow the coral to adjust before expecting significant growth and color enhancement.
As with any coral species, individual preferences and tank conditions can vary, so closely monitoring the Mummy Eye Chalice Coral and making adjustments based on its specific needs will contribute to its overall well-being in your aquarium. If you're new to keeping corals, consider seeking advice from experienced reefkeepers or local aquarium stores to ensure the best care for your Mummy Eye Chalice Coral.