Difficulty: Easy - Medium
Light Level: Medium
Water Flow: Low - Medium
Latin Name: Euphyllia ancora - Euphyllia parancora
Common Name: Anchor Coral, Hammer Coral
Foods: Amino Acids, Rotifers, Phytoplankton, Powdered Coral Foods, Small Meaty Foods
An all time favorite coral of many hobbyists, Hammer corals add great movement to any tank.They also come in a variety of colors.
As with most L.P.S (Large Polyp Stony) Corals, Hammers do better in areas of medium/low light combined with low flow. These corals are also able to tolerate higher levels of nitrate and phosphate compared to S.P.S. in some cases L.P.S corals do better in conditions with higher levels of nutrients. Tanks with low nutrients may require dosing of coral foods such as amino acids, rotifers, phyto plankton, and powdered coral foods. L.P.S with their larger mouth is also able to consume small pellets and small pieces of frozen food. Being a stony coral requires adequate levels of calcium, alkalinity, magnesium, and trace elements are necessary for proper health. Regular testing and dosing of levels are imperative for long-term success.
Ideal Reef Parameters (L.P.S)
Specific gravity: 1.023-1.025
Calcium: 400-450 ppm
Alkalinity: 8-11 DKH
Magnesium: 1200-1400 ppm
Nitrate: 1-10 ppm
Phosphate: 0.03-0.07 ppm