Australian Watermelon Chalice (Echinophyllia aspera) is a delightful mixture off lime yellow and blue, which gives it that ideal tropical look.
Most Coral enthusiasts would concur that the most sensitive and fragile of all corals is the (Echinohyllia). While at the same time requires minimal attention, which makes the Chalice Coral one of the easiest corals to maintain and enjoy. In order to harvest a successful colony of Chalice Corals all that one would require is some good clean quality water, low/mod flow, low lights and your coral can flourish with as little as two feedings a week.
In the wild the Chalice Coral inhabit numerous habitats at various depths, light levels and water flow. Their adaptability to these multiple elements contributes to this being one of the easiest corals to care for. In fact, if the edge of the coral is placed against any surface, like the glass of the aquarium, it will actually encrust onto it and flourish. These amazing corals do make an ideal first stony coral.
The Echinophyllia species are slow growers, yet are very successful in propagated in captivity, this has helped to keep the fragile species wild colonies intact. This genus was often over looked in the past due to the drab looking colors they exhibited when first shipped to retailers. It is also important to note that people who buy this drab coral will find that within a 2 or 3 week period the coral will go through an amazing metamorphosis. In which the Chalice Coral will adjust to its new surroundings and evolving into some majestic alien colors either; pink, purple or red. In a sense, the Chalice Coral is the diamond in the rough of aquatic coral world.
The Chalice Coral are typically an encrusting low rider formation of wavy cups and folds. The middle of the coral can have significantly raised corallites, which can appear as raised round, warty bumps. The flat middle, which is where the oral disc is located, is a raised area 1/2" (1.27 cm) or larger. Some are less dramatically structured with little whorls and slight bumps, while the ends or outer perime