Purple-tipped Branching Hammer Coral - Euphyllia parancora

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SKU: 281975
Manufacturer: That Fish Place
MPN: 928-wallhammer

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Hammer corals get their name from unique hammer or horseshoe shaped tips on the tentacles that they use to filter feed and as a home for its symbiotic zooxanthallae algae. It is one of the easier large-polyp hard corals that many aquarists "graduate" to after polyps and mushrooms. Branching Hammer corals ( Euphyllia parancora) have distinctly branched skeletons, with well formed heads of polyps while Wall Hammer Corals (Euphyllia ancora) have a more solid structure that grows in a wall or boulder-like shape. When fully extended, the Hammer coral can resemble an anemone and a clownfish may sometimes attempt to host in the tentacles and may damage the coral. The tentacles on Hammer Coral colonies can range anywhere from tan or golden yellow to more rare colonies of bright green.

These corals are aggressive in that the tentacles can extend several inches and carry a powerful sting. Do not allow these corals to come in contact with other corals, as they can easily kill weaker stinging specimens. Hammer Corals should be oriented so that the tissue of the coral is facing the light, provide medium to strong lighting, and random water movement. Some form of invertebrate food is recommended to be added once or twice a week.


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Common NamePurple-tipped Branching Hammer Coral
Scientific NameEuphyllia parancora
Water MovementModerate
AggressivenessModerate to High
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Light IntensityModerate to High
Water Hardness8-12 dKH
Temperature Range75-78
Internal Id

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