Scolymia australis

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Common Name: Scoly
Cultivation Type:
Product Source: Great Barrier Reef Australia
Product Origin: Great Barrier Reef

Australian Scolymia coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral and are commonly known as a Scoly, Donut Coral or Button Coral. Scolies form a saucer-shaped skeletal structure. Their flesh conforms to the shape of the skeleton and they have two to four mouths. Scolies feed at night, opening their mouths bring out teeth and tentacles.

Scolies have individual dynamic colourations and are described by hobbyists as bleeding apples, warpaint, UFOs, rainbow and master scolies. They are highly sought after in the hobby.

Scolies originate from the Great Barrier Reef. Scolymia australis are naturally found on reef slopes and sometimes under overhanging structures on hard substrates and rocks.

Scoly coral care

Scolies should be fed two to three times each week. They are not light demanding corals and anything around 100 PAR is adequate for their health. Moderate to low water flow is recommended. Water chemistry should fall in line with natural sea water levels.

Hobbyists normally place Scolies lower in the tank on the rock work or on the substrate.

Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3


8.0 to 8.3

34 - 36ppm


34 - 36ppm

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius


24.0 - 26.0 Celsius

Husbandry Requirements
8.0 to 8.3


100-150 PAR

34 - 36ppm


Moderate to low

24.0 - 26.0 Celsius


Limited ability to damage other corals

Acclimation Guide

We recommend acclimating all corals and invertebrates.  It is important that you allow the animals time to adjust to their new tank environment. Acclimation will reduce further stress on the corals and help to keep them healthy.  The animals need time to adjust to your tanks water parameters.

  1. Unpack the shipment away from direct light
  2. Place the animals and the water they came in into a large container
  3. Add 1/2 a cup of your aquarium water slowly to the container every few minutes
  4. Pest control dip (optional) following the manufacturer's instructions
  5. Place the animals in your tank while your tank lights are turned off
  6. Turn down your tank lights (if possible) or place the coral in a low light area of the tank for a day or two. This allows them time to slowly get use to your lighting