Spiral Wire Coral (Cirripathes spiralis)
Family: Antipathidae (Black Corals)
Habitat: Deep water reef zones and overhangs
Light: Medium Water Flow: Medium Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Microplankton, micronutrients
Natural History: Whip corals are more commonly found in deeper-water areas of reefs, possibly due to over-collection. They feed on microplankton in the water and also use the products of their symbiotic algae. The body of a Whip Coral is unbranched and may extend up to a meter. Whip Coral is a Black Coral that is collected and used for the manufacture of jewelry. Because of overharvesting, most black corals are endangered worldwide. This species of Black Coral is one of the more commonly traded species in the jewelry trade but is uncommon in the aquarium industry.
Husbandry: For nutrition, whip corals feed on microplankton in the water and use the products of their zooxanthellate algae. An aquarium with at least moderate water flow and moderate light levels should be provided for this species. It is reported to grow well in captivity.
AKA: Wire Coral
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