Green Eyed Cup Coral with its varied shapes and color patterns is a great addition to your marine aquarium. Green Eyed Cup Coral is a good coral for experienced aquarists with already established reef aquariums.
Scientific names: The scientific name of Green Eyed Cup Coral is Mycedium species. One of the specific scientific names of Green Eyed Cup Coral is Mycedium elephantotus.
Other common names: Green Eyed Cup Coral is also commonly called as Plate Coral, Peacock Coral, Mycedium Coral and Elephant Nose Coral.
Coral Type: Green Eyed Cup Coral is a Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Coral.
Origin or natural range: The Mycedium species originates in the Indian Ocean, the Central Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea in Fiji Island.
Size: Green Eyed Cup Coral generally measures around two to three meters.
Color: The Mycedium species is found in the variations of blue, green, grey, brown, purple and pink colors.
Compatibility: Green Eyed Cup Coral is non-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.
Habit & Habitat:
- The Mycedium species is nocturnal in habit and therefore spreads its sweeper tentacles and expands its polyps at night.
- Green Eyed Cup Coral is obtained from those shallow areas to deeper regions of the marine water bodies where the coral is not directly exposed to strong waves.
Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
- The Mycedium species is quite hardy.
- Green Eyed Cup Coral is generally shaped like a flat fan measuring two to three meters approximately.
- A polyp of the Mycedium species is round in shape with raised skeleton bordering the polyp.
- A polyp of Green Eyed Cup Coral measures one-eighth of an inch in diameter when new and measures over half inch in diameter when mature. In the wilder colonies of Green Eyed Cup Coral, the diameter of a polyp may measure over six feet.
- The Mycedium species has sweeper tentacles.
- The appearance of Green Eyed Cup Coral may vary owing to its environmental conditions.
- Temperature of water: Sixty-eight to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity of water: 1.020 to 1.025.
- pH of water: 8.20 to 8.50.
- Water flow in the aquarium: Green Eyed Cup Coral requires strong water current in the marine aquarium it inhabits.
- Illumination: The Mycedium species needs high intensity lighting in the marine aquarium hosting it.
- Habit & habitat:Green Eyed Cup Coral grows easily and rapidly to a considerably large size if the reef environment is amenable for the coral.
- Place the Mycedium species at the middle of your marine aquarium on a Live Rock.
- Give ample space to Green Eyed Cup Coral to expand completely in your marine aquarium.
- Keep the Mycedium species at a distance of at least seven centimeters from the other corals as it may damage the tissues of the other corals.
- Feeding & Nutrition: Green Eyed Cup Coral derives its nutrition mainly through photosynthesis which is performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within the coral.
- The Mycedium species is Carnivorous in its feeding habit and filter feeds at least weekly.
- Green Eyed Cup Coral feeds upon meaty bits, acellular marine invertebrates, brine shrimp, zooplankton and phytoplankton.
- Add Calcium and trace elements in the water as dietary supplements for the Mycedium species.
- Ammonium and Nitrites level in the marine aquarium water should be maintained at zero.
- The level of Nitrates in the marine aquarium water should be greater than 0.20 PPM.
- Green Eyed Cup Coral requires moderate care.
- Keep the Mycedium species away from the other stinging corals in your marine aquarium as they may sting it.
Keep the other corals at a distance of around seven centimeters from Green Eyed Cup Coral, for it may damage them.