Dig stylos? Then you will want a Tyree Rainbow Stylo, another limited edition coral from Steve Tyree. The polyps are incandescent and they vary in color from green to blue.  What?  Different colored polyps?  Yes!  And the green and blue just radiate against the coral’s deep purple/pink body. I love solid colored purple and green stylos but this thing just pops!


According to the Reeffarmers website, the coral was originally maintained in David Wang’s captive reef system and it was distributed at a few frag farmers markets by Reeffarmers in 2008.


Tyree Rainbow Stylo


Stylophoras, commonly known as Cat’s Paw corals, are hardy so this is a good LE coral to try for those who are just venturing into the SPS game. Stylos can do well in the upper, middle or lower part of a tank if they receive moderate lighting under T5s, metal halides and LEDs. I have a frag off to the side in the middle part of my tank and it is doing well under a 400W 20,000K Radium bulb.


As for circulation, medium to strong flow is required to keep the coral happy.


Overall, the Tyree Rainbow Stylo is a beautiful edition to any reef tank that will thrive when the proper calcium (400-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9 dkh) and magnesium levels (1300-1400 ppm) are maintained. Give one a try the next time you are in the market for a new frag.



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If you are looking for additional insights and information, please explore my many other reef tank and SPS related articles as well as my book, A ReefBum’s Guide To Keeping an SPS Reef Tank: A Blueprint For Success. Additionally, you can see all of my reef tank videos online now as well as my Live HD Webcam. And if you are interested in purchasing affordable SPS frags that are pest-free and homegrown, you can visit my SPS Frag store.


Happy reef keeping!