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Mycedium

Mycedium elephantotus

(Pallas, 1766)

Plate Coral/Green-eyed Cup Coral/Elephant Nose Coral/Peacock Cora

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean and Red Sea

Natural Environment: Shallow fore reef to deeper areas where they become more plate-like and often found on or near the edges of overhangs and steep drop-offs. These areas receive a variety of different light intensities and water flows, yet most appear in areas protected from strong wave action. Colors are usually brown, gray or green, and the prominent corallites (bumps) vary in size and colors. Some specimens may have colored margins, depending upon their area of origin.

General Husbandry: This is a photosynthetic stony coral, however, will extend feeding tentacles at night along with sweeper tentacles. Appears to do better under moderate to intense lighting and with moderate water flow. Do not place closer than a few inches (7 cm) to other corals as it can destroy the tissue of others corals that are located downstream of it. Can form large plate-like or encrusting structures, i.e., two or three meters across, therefore, provide sufficient space for growth.

This is a hardy, disease resistant, and fairly fast growing coral, yet not too common in the trade. Water quality requirements are: Calcium 380 - 430 mg/l, Alkalinity 3.5 meq/l, pH 8.1 - 8.2, Specific Gravity 1.025, and a temperature range of 74 to 83°F (23 - 28°C).

 Mycedium elephantotus (Plate Coral/Green-eyed Cup Coral/Elephant Nose Coral/Peacock Cora)
Photo © Bob Goemans
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