The Neon Green Plate Coral is an interesting and easy to care coral that makes a very good choice for the novice aquarist. It requires only moderate lighting and little to no water movement. It is often referred to as a Disk, Mushroom, Chinaman, Fungia Plate, or Tongue Coral. The Neon Green Plate Coral shows thick skeletal structure that grows faster and needs a supplement of calcium and trace element in order to flourish. Supplement feedings of meaty foods, Mysis shrimps can be given as target food for its continued good health. Since the Neon Green Plate Coral has short tentacles, it is considered semi aggressive and is capable of defending itself by stinging its neighbors. Its unique characteristics ensure its survival, i.e. the inherit ability to move itself to more favorable locations by way of inflating and deflating its tissues. The Neon Green Plate Coral should be placed on a soft substrate, and it thrives well in a temperature range of 74-81 degree Fahrenheit. An interesting fact regarding the Neon Green Plate Coral is that it exhibits a unique behavior called polyp bailout that is to produce offspring in the event of death. This even happens three or four months after the coral dies and the offspring grows out of the skeleton and eventually move to the sand bed. Moreover, it can be fragged, or cut into half, to make two colonies. Though the Neon Green Plate Coral is photosynthetic in nature, it also benefits from a small piece of raw table shrimp, frozen Mysis shrimp or silverside once a week. After the lights are turned on the Neon Green Plate Coral extends its feeding tentacles and quickly accepts food. The Neon Green plate coral looks wonderful under actinic light and adds a splash of vibrant green to any aquarium. The Neon Green plate coral is photosynthetic and also benefits from the additional feeding of zooplankton, Mysis or brine shrimp.
Corals are part of a biological group known as Cnidaria. Most Cnidaria have a mouth,or mouths, that opens into one big body cavity. Due to the lack of a true digestivesystem, this cavity acts in its place and after the food is broken down thenutrients are then sent through the rest of the body as food. There is also noexcretory system; therefore the waste is sent back through the mouth or secretedinto the surrounding water.Tentacles of varying size will usually surround the mouth of Cnidaria. Most Cnidariahave tentacles with stinging cells that can shoot tiny poison darts into their preyor can even be used as a defense mechanism. Some corals lack tentacles and insteadcover themselves with a thin layer of mucus and use that to collect bacteria andplankton as food. Some corals even use both of these methods. Cnidaria can either bean individual animal or members of a complex colony. These "Colony Corals" share thefood and nutrients taken in by each individual.Corals have tiny living organisms that actually live in their tissue. These arecalled zooxanthellae and they are the reason why such strong lighting is needed inthe saltwater aquarium. These algae-like creatures provide the coral with oxygen andother nutrients that are produced during photosynthesis. During this process, thezooxanthellae take up carbon dioxide and provide nutrients to the coral.Corals can use two different types of defense mechanisms. One of which is a sweepertentacle wherein the coral reaches its tentacles out to try to damage another coralwith nematocysts. The other is when the coral releases a minute amount of toxin intothe water to poison another coral within certain proximity. Most "Hard Corals"should not be placed within reach of another coral.