Turbinaria Scroll Coral Care
Turbinaria Scroll Corals form large swirling plates from which beautiful polyps grow. They are relatively slow growing and can be a bit more sensitive than the average large polyp stony coral. They come in a variety of colors the most common being a bright yellow from Indonesia. The specimens originating in Australia sometimes come in a neon green color or cobalt blue color. Please see below for additional care tips for scroll corals as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Indo-Pacific - Islands of the Indopacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Scroll corals come from different areas of the reef so it is difficult to generalize what lighting they would thrive under. Ours typically are kept in medium light however some show improvement under higher light.Low Light
Low light translates to about 30-50 PAR
Medium Light is between 50-150 PAR
High Light is anything over 150 PAR
Lighting is a loaded topic, so for a more in-depth discussion of lighting, please see our Deep Dive article.
Turbinaria like a decent amount of flow. One thing to watch for however is the shape of the coral lends itself to catching strong current and blowing off of the rock scape. To avoid this issue, make sure to firmly attach it to the aquascape.
Generally speaking we advocate feeding when possible. The polyp size for various types of scroll corals can differ substantially. The choice of foods should correspond to the particle size that can reasonably be consumed.
In terms of propagation, this genus has been successfully fragmented. They tend to be somewhat slow growing compared to other stony corals.
Proper acclimation is extremely important considering the stress imposed on the animals by the shipping process. Please take a moment to review our Acclimation Guide.
The images were taken with a Canon 5D mk II and 100mm macro lens under T5 Fluorescent lighting. Quite a lot goes into how we go about shooting the corals and anemones you see on Tidal Gardens. For an in-depth look at our methods, check out our comprehensive Reef Aquarium Photography FAQ.