Featured Coral: Fat Head Dendrophyllia

This Featured Coral of the Week comes to us from Joey Nichols at Joe Knows Reefs. Common name: Fat Head Dendro Scientific name: Dendrophyllia fistulata  Dendrophyllia fistulata is a non-photosynthetic coral which does not contain zooxanthellae in it’s tissue thus having to derive all of it’s nutrition from organic matter.  Since they do not require sunlight for growth, these coral are normally found inside and along cave walls and overhangs.   In the aquarium, this coral requires feedings of meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp etc at a frequency of about 2-3x weekly. Origin area: Indo Pacific Care level: moderate due to requirement of frequent feedings. Unlike “sun coral” it can be easily trained to stay open pretty much all day.  These corals