Favia corals are the most common and prolific coral in the world and are very similar to the genus Favites. Sharing many of the same common names further complicates the distinction between Favia and Favites corals. Favia corals are found in various color forms and polyp shapes. “Pineapple Coral” is the name commonly given to those that have smaller circular patterns.
Favia corals are aggressive, expanding their sweeper tentacles at night well beyond the base. It is important to leave space between them and neighbors in the reef aquarium. Caring for Favia corals is relatively easy, if provided proper conditions, making them excellent choices for the beginner to expert reef hobbyist.
Favia corals require moderate aquarium lighting conditions achieved by T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides. For continued good health, calcium, magnesium, strontium, and other trace elements should be added to the water. Along with proper lighting and water quality, provide Favia corals with moderate or medium water movement.