The Difference Between Branching and Walling Hammer Corals
The Hammer Coral is an LPS coral and is often referred to as the Euphyllia Hammer’s coral. It is known as Hammer Coral because the tentacles look hammer or anchor-shaped. You can easily see their polyps, but not as much of the skeletal foundation as the coral can cover them up.
The Hammer Corals are easy to maintain for beginners as they don’t require pristine water conditions to survive. They can manage a variety of conditions for tanks and expand reasonably rapidly. Hammer corals are easy to work with if you obey a few simple rules.
Interesting Fact: It is usually said that hammer corals are aggressive and need more space to stretch themselves. If they don’t get enough room to try, they may kill or hurt other corals they come in contact with. Therefore, it is preferred to put these hammer corals in a spacious tank.
Hammer Coral Types
Hammer Corals come in three different variations depending upon their growth type. These types are:
- Wall Hammer Corals
- Branching Corals
- Semi Wall Hammer Corals
These are three basic growth types of hammer corals. However, in this post, you will know everything about its two major types, i.e., Walling Hammer Corals and Branching corals.
Let’s get started!
1. Wall Hammer Corals
Coral tentacles of this type are shaped like marbles or hammers. The tentacles are tiny, but some varieties come with long tentacles similar to that of the Torch Coral can be seen. They can be seen in several colors like green, brown, pink, blue, tan, and orange. They can also be a combination of different shades, and some of them have a metallic color. This metallic color is presented with vibrant shades under actinic lighting.
2. Branching Hammer Corals
The second major type of hammer corals is the branching ones. Branching Hammer corals have a beautiful neon green color. The coral diet’s illumination and hardness play a significant role in the lushness of the coral’s color. This, along with the fact that its tentacles closely resemble hammers, makes it an ideal addition to any aquarium for reef enthusiasts. This branching coral morph can be easily fragged, so wild collection isn’t much necessary.
Difference between Branching and Walling Hammer Corals
As we have already discussed above, hammer corals can be found in two types of growth patterns: walling and branching. Wall hammers grow as one long head that slowly widens while branching hammers grow individual heads in a branch-like shape.
Branch hammers can be more conveniently maintained in an aquarium, so it is possible to save the other heads if you have a problem with one of the polyp heads. You will likely lose the whole coral if you have maintenance issues with a wall hammer.
Required Water Flow For Both Type Of Corals
Wall hammer corals survive well in low-to-moderate water flow. These corals won’t open up and extend entirely if the water flows if is high. Higher water flow is not the right option for them. Make sure to set up a proper-sized wavemaker in the tank to provide a low to moderate flow rate. Branch hammer corals, on the other hand, need moderate-to-strong water flow. Strong water flow is healthy and suitable for branch hammer corals, and it does harm coral tentacles.
Hammer corals are an absolute must for your aquarium. They present a pleasant look and provide a comfortable environment for other fish in the aquarium. Wall and Branch Hammer Corals have minor differences concerning surviving conditions (space, water flow, etc.) and maintenance techniques. You can have any of them in your aquarium but make sure to take proper care of them!