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Candy Cane Coral - 4+ Heads
Caulastrea echinulata
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Tank Stats
Size: 2-3 inches with 4 Heads+
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Strong Light, Strong Flow
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Acclimation Time: 1+ Hours
Minimum Tank Size: 20 Gallons

The Candy Cane Coral is a large polyp stony coral. It features branching individual stalk skeletons along with bright colored tissues at their tips. These branches goes upward from its central base forming ?trumpet? like structures, thus it is also named as Trumpet Coral. It is variable in its coloration and comes in hues of vibrant green, blue/purple and tan. The Candy Cane Coraldoes not require a special place in your fish tank, and can do very well in medium light with moderate water movement. The Candy Cane Coral bears short sweeper tentacles that lack the ability to sting nearby corals. The best way is to keep it at the bottom of the tank. The Candy Cane Coral is mostly present in colonies and share each other?s food and nutrients. It has tiny living organisms in their tissue which are called as Zooxanthellae. This is the reason why there is need of strong lighting in an aquarium where these corals are the inhabitants. These Zooxanthellae undergo photosynthesis and provide oxygen and other nutrients produced during the photosynthesis to the coral. The Candy Cane Coral has sweeper tentacles where it reaches out to damage another coral with nematocysts if they get too close. Although the Candy Cane Coral is photosynthetic, it is still beneficial to have an addition of brine shrimp, microplankton, phytoplankton, and other filter feeding foods. It should be seen at night, as it puts out small fiber optic like polyps that flows in the current which looks amazing.

Candy Cane Coral
Nice coral. Is about 5" with about 16 heads. Very nice piece! Thanks
Reviewed by:  Tammy Clouser from Melbourne, FL on Sept. 9, 2012, 7 p.m.
Received a nice sized (approx. 3") coral with 7 heads! No unsightly frag plug to hide either!
Reviewed by:  Malesa McKune from WA on Oct. 28, 2013, 7 p.m.
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