Meat corals (Acanthophyllia deshayesiana) are a large polyp stony (LPS) coral that I love – even if they don’t sway in the current of your tank.
Sold as doughnut or button corals and often confused with Scollies (Scolymia australis), meat corals are usually much larger than Scollies, have more flesh and prefer to live solely on the sand bed. Inflating to double their size during the course of the day, meat corals are impressive to watch especially if you have time lapse photography skills. Unlike other LPS corals that can throw out sweeper tentacles, meat corals will only sting another coral if the coral touches the center part of the meat coral. Therefore, you can please several meat corals close together and not worry about aggression issues. You’ll still want to give them ample room on the sand bed to inflate so if you have empty sand bed space you need to fill, a meat coral or two will do the trick.
Like most LPS corals, meat corals are easy keepers that are happy with medium intensity lighting and low flow. Too high of flow can blow the flesh of the meat coral around and cause the coral to not fully inflate. Feeding meat corals is also not necessary so don’t waste your time or money thinking they need coral food.
Color is the big reason I love meat corals. They come in solid colors such as green or red and the most striking ones have a variety of colors such as the one pictured here from one of my client’s tanks. (Here’s a similar one for sale). The streaks of colors will turn heads and add variety to your tank.
Unfortunately meat corals rarely survive fragging so please don’t try it. Pick one or more, enjoy them and leave them be.Browse the Store! Questions?