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Candy Cane Coral Featured

 
The Caulastrea Candy Cane Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral often referred to as the Trumpet, Torch, Candy, or Bullseye Coral. With colors of the plump poylps ranging from vibrant green, yellow, or blue and brown.


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A good beginner LPS coral featured

Comments Among the large polyp stony corals the candy cane is probably the best one for those just starting on LPS. It's tolerant of slightly off water conditions (not too bad) and various levels of flow and light. Some aquarists even report success with them under PC lighting as long as it's placed high in the tank. While they do require calcium to grow their needs are generally met with regular water changes and no supplements are needed.

This coral will eat like mad, even larger items that you think they wouldn't like krill and smaller pieces of silver sides. Of course they don't need that, they do just fine on brine or mysis shrimp I just find it easy to place a single small krill on each head. However, this coral will grow very fast under the right conditions, feeding just promotes this, and you may want to just let it be for a while. I haven't intentionally fed mine for about a year and even so they are still growing so much I had to remove some.

Speaking of removing some...fragging is very easy for this coral, just find a nice place to break the skeleton with however many heads to like and that's pretty much it.I've never had a frag of candy canes not survive as you don't even touch the polyp while doing so.

I have found these guys do well in most flow conditions, other than perhaps direct high flow which can damage the polyps and they do well lower in my tank and right up at the top. It is possible to harm them with too much light but that's easy to avoid.

One word of warning on placement. Be careful about what other corals you put these by as the candy cane polyp tends to loose the wars against other corals. I've had palys kill of heads before.


Liked about it 1. Very affordable LPS.
2. Hardy coral that does well in various conditions.
3. Tolerant of slightly off water quality.


Didn't like 1. Can sometimes be difficult to place among your other corals. They seem to take up room and are sensitive to attacks.


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5.0

By tcamos
Aug 03, 2011
 
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Sweet Candy Cane

Comments Candy cane corals are an easy LPS coral to start off with. They require moderate light with medium flow. They have a very unique color usually with the polyps being a white that floress under atinic lighting. They have short sweeper tenticles that come out at night. This is when I feed them mysis shrimp, it is fun to watch the sweeper tenticles grab the food. It is important to keep this coral at least 2-3 inches away from other corals so that their sweepers cant reach another coral.


Liked about it Color
Hardyness
Fun to watch it eat


Didn't like Have to feed it regularly for best health


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4.3
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By fishoutofwater25
Nov 19, 2010
 
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