Although the name suggests a cup-shaped growth, many Chalices are not free-standing, but encrust creeping over rock. Since a wide variety of species are traded as Chalices, growth rates range from very slow to moderately fast. Generally, most Chalices like a shady location around 40 PAR, with very blue-heavy light color for good color development. If the light intensity is too high, they easily get burned and bleach. Important for a good development are also higher nutrient values: especially phophate should be present and detectable, optimally around 0.1 mg/l, with nitrates around 10-20 mg/l.
When placing chalice corals, care should be taken that many among them can sting powerfully and form surprisingly long fighting tentacles. Therefore, it is best to place them at a generous distance from other corals.