⛅LIGHT: Moderate to Low
LEVEL OF CARE: Intermediate
CLASSIFICATION: (LPS) Echinophyllia
This amazingly bright orange chalice will make a great addition for the avid Chalice Coral collector or any reef aquarium hobbyists wanting exotic coloration and impressive architectural structure.
The Orange Fanta Chalice "Echinophyllia Aspera" is not only one of the easiest to keep of the Pectiniidae family, but the most colorful. The Orange Fanta Chalice or Orange Crush Chalice Coral is an encrusting coral, that has knobby centers, that will inject a incredible ultra orange color combination to any reef aquarium.
Chalice corals are found in a variety of different colorations, with most of them encrusting over the rocks work. In fact, if the edge of the coral is placed against any surface, like the glass of the aquarium, it will actually encrust onto it.
Chalice coral care is not very difficult, and indeed they are the easiest corals to care for in a reef tank and will remain healthy under a wide variety of lighting and flow settings.
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.
Like all small polyp stony (SPS) corals, it gets much of its nutrition from the zooxanthellae that lives in it tissues, but can also be fed microplankton, cyclopeeze and other similar sized foods.
In addition to this, it will also require the correct levels of Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium along with various other trace elements found in natural seawater.