Moon Corals

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Favia spp. - Oken, 1815
Moon Corals

Quite easy to maintain, moon corals are an excellent reef aquarium animal. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Generally known as “closed brain corals,” species from three genera are very difficult to tell apart: Favia individuals appear separate on the colony surface and have discrete grooves between individuals. In Favites, the corallites of adjacent individuals share a common wall. Platygyra have a mazelike surface, with meandering corallite walls. These animals are really quite easy to maintain. Their feeding tentacles are found as a fringe inside the edge of the polyp and are extended at night.

Family: Faviidae

Other common name(s):

  • Closed Brain Corals
  • Brain Corals
  • Maze Corals

Native range:

Maximum length: 400 cm (157 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 190 L (50 gal)

Lighting: Moderately bright lighting.

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

[edit] Feeding

Zooxanthellate. Need to be fed. Feed at night for best results. Will take meaty foods, including mysids and diced fish. These animals will reward being fed by growing well.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Excellent reef aquarium animals. They are effectively aggressive, extending long, thin sweeper tentacles at night; give them room to sweep and grow.

[edit] Notes

Regarding size, some species reach in excess of several yards (meters) in diameter. Many are smaller.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: RLS
Facts about Moon CoralsRDF feed
Common name Moon Corals  +, Closed Brain Corals  +, Brain Corals  +, and Maze Corals  +
Family Faviidae  +
Genus Favia  +
Image credit SWM  +
Lighting Moderately bright lighting.  +
Maximum length 157 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 50 gal  +
Native range Tropical Seas  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Invertebrates  +
Specific name spp.  +
Text credit RLS  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +