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Acan Lord

 
The Acan or Acanthastrea coral is a large polyp stony coral (LPS) that comes in a wide variety of beautiful color morphs.


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A beautiful coral...for a price featured

Comments Acans continue to be priced slightly above what I feel like paying and Acan Lords even more so. With good reason, they are a beautiful coral. The large polyps have a nice movement to them. I have acans of several colors but the bright reddish color of the Lords stands out among the rest.

I do not consider this to be a beginner coral. This is partly because of the price, it's a costly experiment for someone new who may or may not be able to keep them alive. They are a temperamental coral that I feel is for an aquarist who has shown they are able to keep some other LPS, like favia or duncans alive for a year or more.

In my tank the acans like to be on the bottom and seem to thrive best there. However, depending on lighting they may need to be moved up some. Their lighting requirements pretty much in the middle from my experience. Meaning more light than a favia, but less light than an acropora. The same is true of flow. They certainly don't seem to like super high flow and it can damage the polyps.

This is a coral that can be encouraged to grow by feeding. I recommend mysis shrimp. My acans seem to develop the best color with mysis rather than brine. I can't honestly say why this is but that's what I've noticed. Perhaps it's because brine shrimp aren't part of their natural diet.

Fragging an acan can be a bit tricky and every time I've tried it I end up killing at least one polyp but if done correctly with a nice band saw someone with a bit of shop skills can cut right around the individual polyps to create an entirely new colony for a friend.


Liked about it 1. Beautiful coloration.
2. Frags have a high survivability rate when cut right.
3. Nice polyp movement, especially in a tank with a wavemaker.


Didn't like 1. Costly. Even a few heads of Lords is costly. If you can get a frag from a friend or a local club to start before spending money on a larger colony that's a good idea.
2. Does best when fed which is another chore and expense.
3. Requires calcium. In some tanks this isn't a problem but in others you may need to add calcium which is another chore and expense.


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By tcamos
Aug 03, 2011
 
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Fantastic coral for the hobby

Comments This is a great Coral to care for. I tend to think it is for the more seasoned hobbyist though. They come in a great variety of colors and sizes. Which is a great thing because they can be very pricey for some of the more exotic "Ultra" colonies. A great addition to any reef aquarium, even some of those predominantly SPS tanks out there.


Liked about it I rely enjoy this Coral for several reasons. One being what I have mentioned is the colors available in the trade have to be one of the more readily available. You really can add this to any Aquascape and make it one of the better additions to the tank. In addition to being colorful and available year round, if conditions are met with this type you can sit back and watch new heads pop up very often.


Didn't like I don't have much that I dislike about this particular type of Coral. I will say it is not for the beginner, or for the lazy. If conditions in the column's chemistry do swing rapidly they should be corrected in a reasonable amount of time. Otherwise take the risk of tissue loss and or ultimate death to the colony. One should keep in mind when keeping this Coral to be sure and give it adequate room to grow, and no encroachment from neighboring colonies.


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By Treasures of the
Mar 20, 2012
 
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My favorite coral!

Comments The acan is just simply beautiful. It is a great choice for a begginer coral because it can tolorate a wide variety of conditions. It should have moderate lighting combined with a low to moderate flow. The polyps of this coral are fat and brightly colored. The acan also comes in a wide variety of color patterns and morphs. It has sweeper tenticles that come out at night to find food. I target feed mine with mysis shrimp, it is fun to watch him gobble them down. They also grow fast developing more heads the more you feed them.


Liked about it Fast grower
Amazing colors
Easy to take care of


Didn't like none


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