Closed & Open Brain Coral Photo Gallery

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    Moon (Favia species) Corals

    Moon Coral (Plerogyra sinuosa)
    Moon Coral (Plerogyra sinuosa). Roberto Marion

    Bubble (Plerogyra sinuosa) and Moon (Favia species) Corals photo. Favia species corals are considered by many to be an easier coral to keep.

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    Green Closed Brain Coral

    Green Closed Brain Coral (Favites sp.)
    Green Closed Brain Coral (Favites sp.). Daniel Ross

    Green Closed Brain Coral (Favites sp.). Favites Corals prefer bright lights, however will tolerate much lower levels.

     

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    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.)

    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.)
    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.). Dan Tremblay

    Dan states about this Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.) in his 165g Reef Tank ("It has grown so fast that I had to move it, and has doubled in size since he got it.")

     

     

     

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    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.)

    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.)
    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.). Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.)

    This Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.) is among corals which are considered to be easier to keep in a saltwater aquarium. Actinic Blue lighting really makes the colors of these corals pop.
     

     

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    Blue/Green Open Brain (Trachyphyllia sp.) Coral

    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.)
    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia sp.). Gokhan Altul

    Open Brain (Trachyphyllia sp.) Corals come in a wide variety of colors. The color of most corals come from the zooxanthellae algae which resides on the surface of the coral. The zooxanthellae reacts with sunlight (or tank lights) to produce part of the food requirements for the coral.

     

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    Open Brain (Trachyphyllia sp.) Coral

    Open Brain Coral Trachyphyllia sp.)
    Open Brain Coral Trachyphyllia sp.). John Dillman

      Trachyphyllia Brain Corals fluoresce brightly under actinic lighting.

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    Brain Star (Goniastrea sp.)

    Brain Star Coral (Goniastrea sp.)
    Brain Star Coral (Goniastrea sp.). Lucia Galvan

    Here is a close up photo of a Brain Star (Goniastrea sp.) coral. Also known as Honeycomb Coral, this coral resides in a 250g reef tank. Note that the coral has its sweeper tentacles extended, defending its territory in the tank. This is an example of "Turf Wars on the Reef".

    Read more about Goniastrea Corals.

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    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia radiata)

    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia radiata)
    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia radiata). Jason Hendrix

    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia radiata), Order Scleractinia, Family Trachyphylliidae.

    These corals do best in a well established reef aquarium with moderate to strong lighting and a moderate water current, along with the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

    Read more about Trachyphyllia Corals.

     

     

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    Red Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)

    Red Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)
    Red Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Mark Caruana

    A photo of a Red Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi) with a Red Legged, Hermit Crab (Clibanarius digueti).

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    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)

    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)
    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Martin Davis
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    Open Brain Coral

    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllis sp.)
    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllis sp.). Ron Williams

    A photo of a Open Brain Coral.

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    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)

    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)
    Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Steve Sinkowitz

      An Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi).

    The Trachyphyllia Brain Coral is also referred to as a Folded Brain, or Crater Coral and is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral.

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    Green Open Brain Coral

    Open Brain Coral
    Open Brain Coral. Cynthia Warner

    Another photo of a Green Open Brain Coral. Allow ample space between this and other corals, as it will sometimes sting its neighbors.

     

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    Pink Lobed Brain Coral

    Pink Lobed Brain Coral (Lobophyllia sp.)
    Pink Lobed Brain Coral (Lobophyllia sp.). Larry Yarbray

    Pink (Lobophyllia sp.) coral, commonly called Lobed Brain Coral. Pink Lobed Brain Coral Corals prefer bright lights, however will tolerate much lower levels.

     

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    Tooth Coral (Cynarina sp.)

    Tooth Coral (Cynarina sp.)
    Tooth Coral (Cynarina sp.). Ron Alberico

    This Tooth Coral (Cynarina sp.) resides in Ron Alberico's 75g Reef Tank, along with his Orchid Dottyback (pseudochromis fridmani), Amphipron ocellaris (false clown), Mandarin Dragonette (Pterosynchyropus), Fairy Wrasse, Zoanthid polyps, and Turbinaria polyps (right).

     

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    Closed or Dented Brain Coral

    Closed or Dented Brain Coral (Symphyllia sp.)
    Closed or Dented Brain Coral (Symphyllia sp.). Ted Chant

    (Symphyllia sp.) Closed or Dented Brain Coral with his soft Mushroom Corals and Blue Spot Jeweled Watchman Goby in the background.

     

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    Closed Brain Coral (Favia pallida)

    Closed Brain Coral (Favia pallida)
    Closed Brain Coral (Favia pallida). Larry Jordan

    This is a Closed Brain Coral (Favia pallida). Larry Jordan writes: "This beauty thrives in my 55g Reef tank and loves PC lighting. This coral is a slow grower and requires no specialized feeding."

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    Open Brain Coral

    Open Brain Coral
    Open Brain Coral. Howard Wahl

    A photo of Howard Wahl's Open Brain Coral.

    Brain Corals are easily collected from the reef because they prefer to attach themselves to a piece of shell or dead coral, and may be found washed into the shallow waters lying on the sand bed.

     

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    Green Cynarina (Cynarina sp.) Coral

    Green Cynarina (Cynarina sp.) Coral
    Green Cynarina (Cynarina sp.) Coral. Adrian Nichols

    Green Cynarina (Cynarina sp.) Corals are considered to be an easy coral to keep.

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    Emerald Flat Brain Coral (scolymia cubensi)

    Emerald Flat Brain Coral (scolymia cubensi)
    Emerald Flat Brain Coral (scolymia cubensi). Nelson Nunes

    Emerald Flat Brain Corals (scolymia cubensi) are a good beginner coral.

     

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    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)

    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)
    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Mike & Robin Durons

     The Green Open Brain Corals (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi) are one of the most beautiful corals in the ocean.

     

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    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)

    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi)
    Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi). Scott Stanley

    A Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyi).

     Brain Corals do not require additional food to maintain their health in a reef aquarium, but they will feed on micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.

     

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    Neon Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyl)

    Neon Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyl)
    Neon Green Open Brain Coral (Trachyphyllia geoffroyl). Sarah Penhollow

    A Neon Green Open Brain (Trachyphyllia geoffroyl) of the Family Trachyphylliidae.

    The different colors of the Brain Corals makes them a joy to have in a reef tank with Actinic Blue lighting, which brings out their colors.

     

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    Green Open Brain

    Green Open Brain, Finger Leather, Pulsing Xenia and Green Star Polyps Corals
    Green Open Brain, Finger Leather, Pulsing Xenia and Green Star Polyps Corals. Andy Bajc

    These Green Open Brain, Finger Leather, Pulsing Xenia and Green Star Polyps Corals are obviously getting along well together.

     

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    Green Open Brain, Trumpet and Pagoda Corals

    Green Open Brain, Trumpet and Pagoda Corals
    Green Open Brain, Trumpet and Pagoda Corals. Fred Lotz

    These Green Open Brain, Trumpet and Pagoda Corals do well together until one of them decides that it needs more room.