Duncan Coral Frag
These beautiful Duncan frags have a bright aqua base color with violet accents on the tentacles, the skin color on the branches tend to grow in neon green. Duncans add incredible texture and movement to the reef tank! Chaos Aquaculture’s Duncan Coral frags are sold with 1-3 heads.
Duncan Coral are mostly found in the rocky and sandy sea beds present around Australia, as well as in the South China sea. This type of coral has been known to grow in colonies of either branching or clustered individuals near the foundation of the reef.
The Duncan Coral does not require specialized care. It does, however, have some environmental requirements and it is essential for owners to be aware of these. Duncans require a moderate to high amount of lighting, like many other Large Polyp Stony (LPS) corals. It uses this light to photosynthesize, which is its method of getting “food” and nutrition. Types of acceptable lighting include compact fluorescent lighting, metal halide lighting, T5 high output fluorescent lighting, and ultraviolet lighting. A moderate to high amount of water current is also desirable.
Duncan Coral Temperament
Once again, Duncan Coral is relatively easy to care for, under the right conditions, which is what makes them so popular for reef-keepers.
They are also pretty calm around other corals. Unlike many other species of corals, the Duncan Coral does not have sweeper tentacles. Duncans have large fleshy polyps and small tentacles on them. For this reason, Duncans will not sting other species but take care when placing near more aggressive species!
Duncan Coral Life Span
If kept in the proper conditions, Duncan Coral will continue to live and grow for a very long time. In fact, some in the wild have been know to live for several hundred years. They can easily outlive their human owners.
Ideal Water Conditions for Duncan Coral
Again, the tank must have a reef and be well lit. They also require moderate to high current levels. As for more specifics, Duncan Coral can only live in saltwater, even if its only artificial. Also, their ideal water temperature is 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly pH levels in the water should be between 8.2 and 8.4.
Duncan Coral Diet
Duncan Coral can survive off of a combination of photosynthesis and other animals. Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, or other meaty bits can be fed to Duncan Coral. They must feed several times each week. Water current can help to get these food bits to the coral if they are not placed near them directly.
Feeding is also an easy process. Target feeding is an option where a tool is used to place the food directly onto the polyps’ tentacles. Hand feeding is also a very simple option, although caution is advised since these creatures are extremely sensitive to touch. If frightened, they will close up and be unable to eat.