|Care Level: Easy|
|Waterflow: Low to Medium|
|Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025|
|Color Form: Orange|
|Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Trace Elements|
|Origin: Australia, Fiji, Indonesia|
The Orange Short Tentacle Plate Coral is a relatively hard to find coral that originates from the Indo Pacific. These corals are found free living within the rubble zones of the reef, and have the ability to inflate themselves to both maximize light exposure, and to keep from being covered in sand.
It is a solitary, semi-aggressive coral with shorter tentacles than its cousin the Long Tentacle Plate Coral (Fungia sp.). Even with short tentacles, it can still damage other corals that it comes in contact with. With placement in the aquarium, keep in mind that it will often inflate itself with water and expand to twice its size. It will do best on the bottom of a reef aquarium, preferably lying on a fine sandy substrate. The Orange Short Tentacle Plate Coral is easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and makes an excellent candidate for the beginner reef aquarist. Care should be taken in handling it however, to prevent damage. It requires moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement within the aquarium. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
It obtains most of its nutrition from photosynthesis, but benefits from the regular feedings of zooplankton and brine or mysis shrimp.
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