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Candy Cane Coral
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Caulastrea furcata

Caulastrea Candy Cane Coral

Quick Stats:   Candy Cane Coral

Family: Faviidae
Polyp Size: LPS - Large polyp stony
Range: Indo-Pacific
Color Form: Blue/Green, Brown/Green, Yellow/Green
Ideal Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Trace elements
Reef Compatible: Yes
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Water Flow: Medium
Light: Medium
Dominance: Peaceful
Placement: All levels
Care Level: Easy

The Caulastrea Candy Cane Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral often referred to as the Trumpet, Torch, Candy, or Bullseye Coral. Its genus name, Caulastrea, comes from the Latin kaulos (stalk), and aster (star) describing its skeletal structure consisting of tubular stalks with stars on each tip. The plump circular polyps are vibrant green, yellow, or blue, and each tip is white. Under actinic light its colorful polyps will stand out from most other corals.

It is hardy and a relatively peaceful reef inhabitant, with very short sweeper tentacles. It requires a medium light level and a medium water movement within the aquarium, along with the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

It will benefit from additional food fed weekly in the form of brine shrimp or micro-plankton.

 
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