Torch Corals – a Beginner’s Guide
The Torch Coral, uphyllia glabrescens, is one of the most aggressive LPS coral species you can find around. It originates from the Indo-pacific reef regions.
They are not difficult to keep. Hence, they’re one of the most sought-after corals. This species of LPS corals are usually characterized by extended, flowing polyps that originate from a stony base.
While Torch Corals are great for beginners, it’s best to do some research and digest information about how to care for them. This article will share some of the most basic details to set up an aquarium to keep healthy Torch Coral colonies.
- Common names: Torch, pom-Pom, Cornet
- Scientific names: Euphyllia glabrescens. They are classified in the same genus as Hammer and Frogspawn corals.
- Lighting: Low to medium; 30-50 PAR and 50-150 PAR, respectively
- Flow level: moderate
- Care level: moderately challenging care
Torch corals are reported to thrive in water with moderate conditions, which is not hard to have for a beginner. This reason is probably one that encourages several people to consider starting with Torch Corals.
Torch Corals require moderate reef aquarium water parameters.
Salt concentration can be between 1,023 and 1,026 ppm. However, you must check salinity with a dedicated tool from specialty shops. You may use a salimeter or a refractometer.
Keep water flow between low to moderate flow rates. You may use a controllable wavemaker to achieve a varied flow pattern instead of constant flow.
Likewise, like other Euphyllia corals like Hammer and Frogspawn corals, Torches require low to medium lighting conditions. 30-50 PAR and 50-150 PAR, respectively.
Feeding the Torch Coral
Like most corals, the Torch species is a photosynthetic type of coral. In essence, it has a relationship with single-cell photosynthetic organisms that live in its tissues – a symbiotic relationship. These organisms help convert the lighting absorbed by the coral into sugar so it can then feed on them.
While this might be enough for the corals, you should feed them with supplements such as meaty meals. Of course, they are animals, and such can be expected. Tоrсh соrаlѕ wіll love Mysis ѕhrіmр, brіnе shrimp, and оthеr соrаl fооdѕ such as Polyplab reef roids.
Keep in mind that feeding Torch corals are necessary for effective coloration and growth rates. So, maybe providing is an evitable activity after all.
Torch Coral Splitting and Fragging
Since Torches are a branching stony coral species, they can propagate through fragging. Practically, you can use a saw, dremmel, or snap off a branch while fragging them.
Once they are fragged, they will grow into a new single multi-head colony all by themselves within 12 months. You can prune the colonies to keep them in healthy conditions and sell frags to your local fish store. Another way to make profits is to sell them to hobbyists.
Some problems with keeping the Torch coral
While Torch corals as very easy to keep, you can expect slight challenges. One of the biggest ones anyone can have is failing to account for the corals’ calcium demand. I guess you know the effect of having an insufficient calcium supply? The corals will struggle to make their coral skeleton.
What signs can you watch out for?
A coral whose polyps have been damaged may get a brown jelly infection. You should isolate an infected coral right away – treat the infected branches and frag the healthy ones.