Fungia sp. - This variety has been growing in the Biota Florida facility for some time, and we are now offering aquacultured frags.
Plate corals are a type of large polyp stony coral. Instead of a colony of polyps like many other corals, plate corals are comparatively enormous solitary polyps which can grow larger than a hand. In the center of each circular polyp is a large, hungry mouth capable of eating a variety of sizes of coral foods like pellets and frozen mysis shrimp. Although their big mouths can swallow large foods, we don't recommend feeding anything too big, or any foods with a hard shell, as this can harm the coral. It's fun to watch plate corals eat, and they can really feel like a real "pet" because of their interesting behaviors.
It's not a good idea to place plate corals on rocks, as they can slowly "walk" by inflating and deflating and are likely to fall off the rock. They should be placed on the bottom of the tank or the sand bed, but don't allow sand to accumulate on the coral, as that can damage the flesh. They prefer moderate water flow and moderate light as well as stable alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, and trace elements. Make sure to acclimate them to your lighting. Take care when handling the plate coral so that the sharp skeleton doesn't poke through the flesh.