Color Caulastrea - Candy Cane (Caulastrea echinulata)
Family: Faviidae (Stony Corals)
Habitat: Frequently seen in lagoons and in deeper water.
Light: Medium Water Flow: Medium Space: 50+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: These corals have zooxanthellae which provide much of their nutrition. It is believed they also feed on microzooplankton and directly absorb some nutrients from the water.
Natural History: Caulastrea have circular and lightweight skeletons upon which fleshy expansive polyps grow. When fully expanded, they resemble the mouth of a trumpet. They are among the easiest stony corals to recognize. They have a skeletal stalk that gives rise t a ring of fleshy polyps. Most species are observed on sandy reef bottoms in shades of gray and green.
Husbandry: The Caulastrea grow best with indirect bright light and moderate water flow. Adequate lighting is required to maintain their striped patterns. They can be damaged by boring worms. The polyps should be kept clear of debris. Caulastrea can produce aggressive sweeper tentacles and harm other corals. Large colonies grow to 12 inches in diameter, and can be easily fragmented to start new colonies.
AKA: Trumpet Coral, Torch Coral, Candy Cane Coral, Candy Coral, Bullseye Coral, Cat's Eye Coral
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