The Euphyllia Torch Coral is a large polyp
stony (LPS) coral, often referred to as Trumpet Coral or Pom-Pom
Coral. It has long and flowing polyps with single rounded
tips which are visible throughout the day and night, hiding
its branching skeletal base most of the time. It may be brown
or green with yellow on the tips of its tentacles. The yellow
will sometimes appear to glow under actinic lighting.
Provide plenty of room between the Euphyllia
Torch Coral and other sessile animals, since at night, its
sweeper tentacles can extend up to several inches from its
base and sting other coral species. It is moderately difficult
to maintain, but it is a popular coral that will thrive under
proper conditions and excellent water quality parameters.
Ideally, it needs to have moderate lighting combined with
moderate water movement within the aquarium. Its aquatic home
will also require the addition of calcium, strontium, and
other trace elements to the water for its continued good health.
It will also benefit from additional food fed weekly in the
form of micro-plankton or brine shrimp.
Thank you to Reefer_Nigel for supplying this image.
This coral took about 3 weeks to acclimatise to my tank, at first
it wouldn't extend its polyps more than 1 cm, now it is fully extended.
The species I have has short tentacle's, which isn't something I
have seen before, they are usually observed to have 5cm - 12cm long
tentacle's, not sure why mine is short, but I am happy with it.
My particular coral has 2 mouths. I spray a small amount of filter
food at the coral, then feed it brine shrimp, the tentacle's grab
the food and draw it into the month.