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Title Coral Profile: Trachyphyllia

Tanner Crawford

Last Updated



A colorful show of color in the modern reef

Common Name: Folded brain coral, crater coral 

Scientific Name: Trachyphyllia geoffroyi 

Family: Trachyphylliidae

Region found: Tonga, Australia 

Care Requirements:

Flow- Medium 

Lighting- Moderate 

Food/Nutrients- Requires microplankton and micro nutrient supplement such as AquaLife Reef Cafe. Does not require larger foods such as shrimp for feeding and growth. 

Unique characteristics-

The Trachyphyllia geoffroyi is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral from the waters around Australia. It has a unique structure that gave it the name from Greek meaning “rough leaf” due to the many folds. This coral is semi-aggressive and can send out sweeper tentacles that will sting other corals that get near it. 

The varieties of Trachyphyllia that are available in the hobby has expanded rapidly as the expansion from metal hallide lighting to LED lighting has made reef tanks more accessible and less costly. The deep actinic coloration in these lights produce some stunning colorations that decorate the bottom of the tank. 

This LPS coral is often considered a hardy addition to a reef hobbyist looking to further their collection and husbandry.

Prefered conditions-

pH- 8.2- 8.4

Temperature- 72-78 F

Salinity 1.024-1.026

dKH 8-128


Recommended Items:

These are a few items that can help you succeed with this and many more corals that are available in store. Talk to a sales staff member about your tank and the specific needs of your reef. 


AL581 Magnesium

AL582 Calcium

AL583 Alkalinity 

AL813 Amino Glow


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Simple Science Magnesium Part A 8 oz
Simple Science Calcium Part B 32 oz
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