Scolys are stunning, there simply is no other way to put it. This single polyp LPS coral comes in an absolutely dizzying array of colours and makes a great centerpiece coral in any reef tank. While even the more commonly available red and green varieties are gorgeous, some of the rarer types are absolute standouts. Some of these include morphs such as Bleeding Apple, War Paint and the greatest of them all, the Master Scoly. Other variations that are sometimes available include UFO and Superman. Regardless of the specific variety, all Scolys are absolutely stunning.
Because they grow as a single large polyp and do not split or bud like many other types of corals Scoly’s are not ideal candidates for propagation. Due to the fact that they have fairly dense stony skeletons they are also a relatively slow growing coral, however, their growth rate can be increased significantly if they are spot fed. While they are photosynthetic and do not require supplemental feeding to survive it is generally believed that they will fare much better in a home reef tank if they are regularly fed a high quality coral food.
Due to the fact that they generally prefer lower levels of light and flow, and because they can grow quite large over time, the vast majority of salt water hobbyists will place Scolys on the sandbed. This will allow them space to grow and also ensure that they are not knocked off the rockwork. Having said that, some reefers will also choose to either attach Scoly’s to the vertical faces of rockwork or place them on larger ledges. As long as they are not exposed to excessive levels of light or flow either type of placement can be successful long term. Because they will not sting other Scolys, they can also be placed together in a garden of sorts, which can create a stunning kaleidoscope of colors.
It is important to give Scolys plenty of space between them and any aggressive corals as they can be easily stung. They also have sweeper tentacles themselves and, while not regarded as a particularly aggressive coral, will sting other corals if not provided with enough space.
One of the things that makes Scolys so appealing is that they are considered to be quite easy to keep for a hard coral. In fact, it is hard to think of any coral that combines the beauty and ease of care provided by a Scoly. However, because they have a large skeleton, especially as they grow, it is important to monitor the levels of alkalinity, calcium and magnesium in the tank and dose as needed. There are very few corals that can match the beauty of a Scoly and they can make any reef tank a headturner.