The Wellsophyllia Brain Coral, also known as the Trachyphyllia radiata coral, is a stunning LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral. It can be easily collected from the reef when mature, as it is not attached to the substrate. Often found resting gracefully on the sandy bed in shallow waters, this coral displays beautiful colors including green, metallic green, and red. Its irregular round shape, deep valleys, and folded walls make it easily recognizable.
To promote optimal growth, the Wellsophyllia Brain Coral thrives best in a well-established reef aquarium. This requires providing moderate to strong lighting and maintaining a moderate water current. Supplementation of calcium, strontium, and trace elements is essential for its health and well-being. Placing the coral on a sandy substrate with sufficient space between neighboring corals is important to prevent stings.
The Wellsophyllia Brain Coral forms a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae algae, which provides the majority of its nutrition through photosynthesis. While it primarily relies on this process, occasional feedings of meaty items like shrimp, clam, and squid can be beneficial. It's recommended to offer food when the tentacles are fully expanded, typically during the nighttime hours.