Kryptonite Candy Cane Frag

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Kryptonite Candy Cane Frag. Caulastrea are a great beginner coral! They tend to be some of the most hardy large polyp stony (LPS) corals and grow into large colonies relatively quickly.

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Kryptonite Candy Cane Frag

Kryptonite Candy Cane Frag (single head). Caulastrea are a great beginner coral! They tend to be some of the most hardy large polyp stony (LPS) corals and grow into large colonies relatively quickly. The size of the individual polyps remain consistent, but they divide and separate as the colonies grow. Candy cane corals have been offered for sale in the hobby seemingly for ages and while they are not rare by any means, there are new patterns that show up every now and again that renews interest in candy canes.

The Caulastrea Candy Cane Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral often referred to as the Trumpet, Torch, Candy, or Bullseye Coral. The plump circular polyps are vibrant green, yellow, or blue and brown, with the Candy Cane Coral from Tonga being a brilliant translucent green to teal and brown, and each tip is white. Under actinic light its colorful polyps will stand out from most other corals.

It is hardy and a relatively peaceful reef inhabitant, with very short sweeper tentacles. It requires moderate lighting and moderate water movement, along with the addition of calcium, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

Feeding

It will benefit from additional food fed weekly in the form of brine shrimp or micro-plankton. These corals have zooxanthellae which provide much of their nutrition. It is believed they also feed on microzooplankton and directly absorb some nutrients from the water.

The Caulastrea grow best with indirect bright light and moderate water flow. Adequate lighting is required to maintain their striped patterns. They can be damaged by boring worms. The polyps should be kept clear of debris. Caulastrea can produce aggressive sweeper tentacles and harm other corals. Large colonies grow to 12 inches in diameter, and can be easily fragmented to start new colonies.