wilsoni coral
Photo courtesy of Funky Monkey Corals

When looking to add a Wilsoni coral (Australophyllia Wilsoni) to your tank, consider a number of important factors first. This species is notoriously difficult to care for and therefore, is not recommended for beginner saltwater hobbyist. Review the following guidelines and it will make for a stable environment where your coral can thrive with its natural beauty on display.

Tank Placement for a Wilsoni Coral:

Placement should mimic the Wilsoni’s natural environment, either in the shallow substrate, within shells, or along dead coral.  Additionally, an often seen mistake is to place this coral alongside rocks for better viewing. This can cause friction along the tissue as the coral grows.  Prolonged stress can result in muted coloration and even tissue recession.

Make sure each Wilsoni coral has plenty of room away from other polyps as well.  They have a tendency to be territorial and will exhibit aggressive behavior toward other coral species.

Wilsoni Coral Feeding & Nutrient Requirements:

Wilsoni’s are only located in the nutrient-rich waters of the Indian Ocean, along Australia’s western and southern shorelines. Hobbyists can replicate this environment by adding amino acids and potassium additives to the water raceways.  This method has recorded the best results with deeper colors and more rapid tissue expansion. 

Healthy portions and regular feeding are perhaps most important.  This type of brain coral will take to “meatier” foods such as cyclop-eeze, oyster eggs, and phytoplankton.  Even smaller varieties of frozen fish are a practical alternative the coral will respond well to.  Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids (HUFA) is another option that can be stored easily, resulting in healthy propagation.  

Additional Care Tips for Wilsoni Corals

If you don’t already have a chiller, invest in one. Water temperatures must remain between the levels stated below. Too high or low, or too much fluctuation will again cause stress on the organism. As a result, this causes algae deep in the tissue to be secreted and will ultimately lead to coral bleaching

The importance of lighting is crucial when it comes to coral care.  One might initially think more light is ideal due to the coral’s natural habitat. However, over-exposure can be an issue and common mistake made by enthusiasts.  Initially, low lighting is best while the coral transitions to its new environment. A gradual increase to medium lighting will yield the best results. 

Pay attention to these critical points and you will be able to enjoy the beauty of a Wilsoni coral for years to come.

Wilsoni Coral Care Sheet

  • Care Level: Difficult
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Water flow: Medium
  • Temperature: 76-79 degrees (F)
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Trace Elements
  • Family: Mussidae

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