Crocodile Island Scolymia #2
Scolymia Coral Care
Scolymia, or Button Corals, are a much loved centerpiece for many reef tanks. Available in a shocking array of colors, these are some of the most sought after LPS in the hobby today. Please see below for additional care tips for Scolymia as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Scolymia originate from in the Indo-pacific as well as Australia. These specimens come from Crocodile Island in northern Australia.
Low to moderate lighting is recommended.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.
Low to medium water movement suits Scolymia well. Too much flow results in the coral being unable to capture food.
Scolymia relies on the products of their zooxanthellae. This coral also benefits from the addition of meaty foods such as mysis and krill.
In terms of propagation, this genus is not a good candidate for aquaculture.
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.