|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Candy Cane Coral, Trumpet Coral
Scientific Name: Caulastrea furcata
Specimen Size: Medium frag approx with 4 polyps
Origination: RC aquacultured frag
Entry Updated: 3/29/2017
Candy Cane coral polyps grow on branching tubular stalks.They are an easy coral to keep and fairly undemanding in their requirements for lighting and waterflow.
Color may be one of a number of shades of green or may range between reddish brown to fairly red. Centers may be a contrasting color.
They like moderate light and moderate water flow. Place higher in the tank if the lighting is fairly weak, such as under power compacts. Place towards the bottom of the tank or under an overhang if the lighting is intense such as with large Metal Halide lights or strong LED lighting.
It is not necessary to feed them, but they do benefit and will grow faster if they are fed on occasion with small meaty foods such as small mysis shrimp when their feeding tentacles are extended at night.
As is the case with all stony corals, attention needs to be paid to maintaining proper Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the reef tank for proper skeletal development as noted on the right.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting, low to moderate intensity
PAR: 75-100 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: moderate flow
Food: Feeding small meaty foods 1-2 times weekly
Temperature: 77 - 80
Specific Gravity: 1.025 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 9-10 dKH
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0
General Care Requirements:
Care Level: Easy. Candy Cane corals are very hardy once acclimated and provided with the proper lighting and water flow.
Water flow: Moderate
Placement: On sand bed or low on rock work
Aggressiveness: Low. Has short tentacle reach, but will need some room for growth.
Water Parameters: Stony corals require that water quality is kept high and the following parameters are monitored and maintained to within the tolerable bounds:
Specific Gravity: 1.024 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 8dKH - 12dKH
Calcium: 400ppm or above
Magnesium: 1250ppm or above
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
For more care information, go to our Reef Database Entry