Trippy Tonga Symphyllia Brain Coral 1
The Tonga Symphyllia Brain Coral is a trippy neon green and blue splattered colored variety of the large polyp stony (LPS) coral also referred to as the Closed Brain Coral or the Dented Brain Coral. This beautiful coral is closely related to the popular Lobophyllia Open Brain Corals and is found in a variety of textures and color forms. Some are smooth, while others are pimply, and look like carpet. Colors vary from bright red, green, orange, gray, tan, or brown. Tonga Symphyllia Brain Corals are found in the Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands, many uninhabited, most lined in white beaches and coral reefs, and covered with tropical rainforest. The main island, Tongatapu, is protected by lagoons and limestone cliffs. Tonga is one of the furthest south tropical places that corals and fish are shipped from. There is an exceptionally deep trench, the Tonga Trench, over 30,000-feet deep near the islands. There are cold water, nutrient-rich upwellings, and great sea bird nesting colonies, which fertilize the land and sea. The water temperature is a cool 75-degrees F. Though sharing a similar appearance and relative care requirements to Lobophyllia corals, Symphyllia Brain Corals make less frequent appearances in the aquarium industry, making them a fantastic choice for LPS coral aficionados.
Caring for the Tonga Symphyllia Brain Coral is relatively easy, making it an excellent choice for the beginner to an expert hobbyist. The Symphyllia Brain Coral requires moderate to high lighting conditions achieved by T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, the Colored Symphyllia Brain Coral will benefit from the addition of calcium, strontium, iodine, magnesium and trace elements to the water column.
Though less aggressive than Lobophyllia corals, the Colored Symphyllia Brain Coral is still semi-aggressive and will extend its sweeper tentacles at night well beyond the base, potentially stinging other species of corals and animals within reach. Therefore, it is important to leave ample space between the Colored Symphyllia Brain Coral and neighboring corals.