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Hammer Coral
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 3-5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: May sting other corals
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Strong Light - Medium Flow
Origin: Indonesia
Acclimation Time: Temperature Acclimate
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:
  
  

Due to its similar appearance with hammer and anchor shaped tentacles, it is named the Hammer coral or Anchor Coral. Its polyps are visible in green, tan or brown color along with lime green or yellow tips on the ends of its tentacles that glow under actinic lighting and give it an amazing look. Sometimes, the Hammer Coral is misidentified with the species called Torch Coral for having similar branched polyps. Its polyps are generally open and visible during the day, and at night it retracts and hides into its skeletal base. The Hammer Coral mainly gets nutrition through photosynthesis which is done by the entrapped algae, Zooxanthellae that is present in its tissues. It needs a supplement of calcium, strontium and other trace elements into the water for continued good health. The Hammer Coral is moderately difficult to maintain, but if provided with proper water flow and lighting conditions it thrives well. It is semi-aggressive in nature and features nematocysts or sweeper tentacles that extend up to six inches stinging its neighboring corals, therefore it is recommended to keep the Hammer Coral away from the existing corals in the reef tank. Also, make sure if any damage caused by crabs, shrimps or other fishes, it should be immediately attended because it can cause a ?brown jelly? infection which can then spread to other corals. It is very easy and simple to propagate the Hammer Coral that is why it makes a great choice for novice aquarists. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-84 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It is best to position the Hammer Coral in a low to moderate water flow area where it has room to expand and grow.

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