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.







14 thoughts on “Purple Dendrophyllia

  1. I am a new dendro addict. I made my first purchase of a little bitty one 6 months ago that had one little head. I now have a thriving start to a colony with 12 heads and finding new ones here and there. It is so fun. I would like to know if there is anything you would like to trade for me to get my hands on such an amazing coral you have. I have the all yellow ones and would love to aquaculture the purple right next to the one I have going now. Here is a coral propagation and live rock reel video I put together a while back. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siq_K1AHoyg. If there is anything in it you would be interested in trading I would prefer that over out right buying it. If that is the only way you will part with this beauty then how much are you asking for it?

    1. Hi Tim,
      Thanks for the comment and that frag tank looks good!
      I wont be fragging this guy for a little while till I have several more heads on it but when I start selling frags I can shoot you an email if you would like, we could also see what you have to trade when that time comes around.
      Glad to hear your dendros are growing so fast, that is a lot of great growth in so little of time!

  2. Good afternoon Tom,
    I would like to say that I’m so glad that I stumbled across your site. It has become my go to source since I’ve discovered your site 12/26/13 to really get a serious idea of what kinds of corals that I can place in my 14 gal BioCube. This is my second time around with a little info this time around I thought until I came across your site. I Now Have A Really good idea of what I’m doing now and I Thank You for your support. Simple and clear understanding for this little more than a Newbie but far from experienced. However,
    with the 20+ years of *Arfrican / South American Cichlid husbandry, I’m very much on my to becoming an infromative resource to this hobbie thanks to fellow hobbiest such as yourself who are not selfish keeping good info all to themselves. Yes, It’s I gues what you would call reef keeping 101 to many but to the novice such as myself that has been thru a trail and error and misinformation of close to $1,000.00, it’s discouraging and at the same time refreshing to find out some of the things that I was doing wrong.
    This is going to be One Crazy BioCube softie tank w / maybe 1 or 2 LPS.
    As soon as I can locate another USB cord for my camera I will sent you a pic of the cube as it is now after cycling for 5+ weeks.

  3. Tom,

    Just found the Purple Dendrophyllia and need something to put in my tank in an area with low light and flow. It looks like this would work great. Are you fragging it yet?

  4. Tom, I agree with you that this is one of the most spectacular corals ‘out there’. I can’t imagine why ‘everybody’ doesn’t have one….you holding out on us? ;p If you have started fragging it yet, I would be very interested in purchasing–even a tiny frag. I have the PERFECT spot for one…and have had great luck with direct feeding acans–(and years ago, tubastreas). Am thinking about getting rid of the (2) fish altogether–feeding the corals is WAY more fun! Please let me know, sincerely interested in helping ‘cultivate’ this beautiful species for the world. (Is it actually D. Klunzingeri?) Dove Collins

  5. Tom, I know this post was a long time ago, but are you still propagating the purple Dendro? If so, how can I get a frag?


    Love your website, I learned so much from it….it is a very valuable tool.

    1. Thank you Matthew,
      Currently I have a long waiting list for this coral. It’s a slow grower, if you would like I can get your info and put you on the list.

  6. Hi Tom, I was doing some research and found your sight, great stuff! I have a couple of colonies of dendros with over 20 heads each. One is an Aussie Dendro colony and the other Indo. I’ve had them for over a year and its good to learn more on how to keep these guys thriving. Thank you for your blog.

    Also, I’d like to be out on the list for your purple dendros for I haven’t seen these before and would love to add to my collection. Thank you in advance.


  7. Hi Tom,

    It had been a while but wanted to see how your purple dendro colony is coming along. Would you any Frags available for purchase? Thanks!

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