Other Hammer Names:
Anchor Coral, Euphyllia, Euphyllia Hammer Coral, Hammer Coral
Hammer Scientific Name:
Hammer Ease of Care:
Water Flow Requirements:
Hammer Lighting Requirements:
This coral require at least moderate lighting. Power compact lighting should work if the wattage per gallon is high and the coral is placed closer to the surface.
Can be a difficult coral to keep. If kept in a stable system with moderate lighting and flow it does well.
Grows quickly in a cluster. Many report metal halide lighting greatly increases growth rate.
Hammer Diet & Nutrition:
Feed weekly with micro-plankton or brine shrimp.
Hammer Recommended Supplements:
This coral benefits from the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.
The Hammer Coral, Branched is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral and often referred to as Euphyllia Hammer Coral or Anchor Coral. Its common names are derived from the appearance of its hammer-, or anchor-shaped tentacles. Its polyps are visible throughout the day and night and hide its skeletal base. It may be green, tan, or brown in color, with lime green or yellow tips on the ends of its tentacles that glow under actinic lighting. Some varieties may be branched which makes them look similar to a Torch Coral (E. glabrescens).
The recommended method from fragging this coral is to stretch a rubber band around the polyps you want to frag. After a few days, the soft tissue will recede and you can cut the hard skeleton with a dremel tool.
This species is toxic and has toxic tentacles that emrge at night.