Purple Dendrophyllia

The Dendrophyllia coral is one of my favorite LPS corals.  While the more common yellow Dendrophyllia is a beautiful coral, the very rare Purple Dendrophyllia is even more amazing.  I have been able to get my hands on a colony which I am working toward growing out for propagation. The stalks of the Purple Dendro are a light purple now but as they grow larger, they will become a much deeper purple.


Common Names: Purple Dendrophyllia  or Purple “Dendro”

Skill Level: Beginner

Classification: LPS

Disposition: Peaceful

Light Level: Low

Water Flow: Low to Moderate

Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025

The care and propagation of the Purple Dendrophyllia coral is the same as the yellow Dendrophyllia coral. I previously posted an article on the care and propagation of the Dendrophyllia which you can read about by clicking the link.


Since care of the Purple Dendrophyllia versus the Yellow Dendrophyllia is the same, the only real difference to point out is the Purple stalk versus the Yellow stalk.  Below the first image will show the Yellow Dendrophyllia stalk. The second image will show the Purple Dendrophyllia stalk.


Yellow Dendrophyllia with yellow stalk.


Below are two pictures of the Purple Dendrophyllia eating some finely chopped up shrimp.



I cannot wait to begin propagating this coral, this coral is far too pretty to be so rare.







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