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Are Chalices the New Black?

Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 11:00 am by

Our fascinations with reef keeping are constantly evolving and completely trend based. Coral collections have become our version of a fashionista’s wardrobe and frag swaps are our fashion week. We are totally trend obsessed, which is why we try to dress our tanks to impress. Corals, not unlike shoes have their own limited run as the season’s show stoppers.

For example, 2 years ago acros were all the rage. Now chalices have taken the spotlight. Not surprising, due to their vibrant colors and awesome encrusting abilities. Chalices have only become easily accessible to hobbyists within the past decade. Attractive and pricey, a stunning chalice can earn bragging rights in any forum. If you are now enticed to sit at the cool table, there are a few things that you should know about chalices before taking the plunge.

• Chalices can be really aggressive. They will use their stinging sweeper tentacles to keep hold their spot in the tank.

• Chalices become easily exhausted by too much light exposure. They are traditionally a deep water coral, and although photosynthesis is an important aspect of their nourishment, it is not the key element of their growth.

• Chalices prefer the following parameters:

  • Calcium 350-400 ppm
  • Alkalinity 10-12 dKH
  • Magnesium 1300-1400

• Chalices benefit from occasional feedings of mysis shrimp or other small meaty foods.

So next time you think of yourself as a reef dork, think of this article and remember that although we might not know what the hottest jeans on the market are (some of you might), we do know which corals will earn us some street-cred within our circles. Chalices are definitely the new black!

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