Candy Coral - Caulestrea furcata - Candy Buttons Coral - Big Pipe Coral - Candycane Coral - Trumpet Coral
Candy Coral - Caulestrea furcata Candy Coral is a great stony coral to begin with. The varied colors and beautiful structure of Candy Coral considerably enhance the looks of your marine aquarium. Candy Coral is a must have for any marine aquarium as it can be easily handled by any level of expert aquarist. The article informs you about the various aspects of Candy Coral with respect to its maintenance in your marine aquarium. Taxonomy:
Candy Coral belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Cnidaria, Family Faviidae, Genus Caulestrea and Species furcata. Scientific names:
The scientific name of Candy Coral is Caulestrea furcata. Other common names:
The other common names of Candy Coral are Torch Coral, Candy Cane Coral, Trumpet Coral, Bullseye Coral, Big Pipe Coral and Candy Buttons Coral. Coral Type:
Candy Coral is a Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Coral. Origin or natural range:
Caulestrea furcata originates from the Indo-Pacific region. Color:
Candy Coral occurs in blue, green, cream, brown and yellow colors. Compatibility:
Caulestrea furcata is non-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates. Habit & Habitat:
- Candy Coral occurs in small, closed-knit colony.
- Caulestrea furcata is nocturnal in habit and therefore, it is active at night, which includes its feeding activity.
- Candy Coral is quite hardy.
- As the name suggests, Candy Coral resembles a candy in appearance.
- The skeleton of Caulestrea furcata consists of tubular stalk tipped with star shaped polyps.
- The polyps of Candy Coral are round and plump in structure. The standard color of the polyps is brown with yellow stripes, a neon green center and a white tip.
- The polyps of Candy Coral have fragile and quite short sweeper tentacles which it extends to feed.
- The appearance of Caulestrea furcata may vary being contingent on some environmental factors such as, the flow of water around the coral, the intensity of light Candy Coral is exposed to and the surroundings of the coral to name some.
- Growth enabling environment in your marine aquarium:
The following environmental conditions need to be maintained in your marine aquarium hosting Candy Coral:
- Temperature of water: The temperature of your marine aquarium water should be maintained within the range of seventy-two to seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit.
- Specific gravity of water: The specific gravity should read between 1.023 and 1.025.
- pH of water: The pH value should scale within 8.10 to 8.40.
- Water flow in the aquarium: Candy Coral requires moderate water flow.
- Candy Coral requires moderate to strong lighting.
- Actinic lighting is recommended in the marine aquarium that Caulestrea furcata inhabits.
- Habit & habitat in the aquarium:
- Place the Candy Coral in the aquarium with the capacity of twenty gallons and above.
- You can place Caulestrea furcata anywhere in your marine aquarium.
- Keep the Candy Coral away from the other corals so that it gets its space to stretch itself fully without any obstruction.
- Feeding & Nutrition:
- Candy Coral derives its nutrition chiefly through photosynthesis which is performed by zooxanthellae, a photosynthetic alga living symbiotically within Caulestrea furcata.
- Candy Coral is Carnivorous in its feeding habits and when open, feeds a few times per week.
- Owing to its nocturnal nature, Caulestrea furcata extends its tentacles at night to feed.
- The food of Candy Coral consists of brine shrimp, frozen meaty bits of raw shrimp, Silver Side and Mysis Shrimp, acellular marine invertebrates, fish feces, phytoplankton and zooplankton.
- Add Calcium, Strontium and trace elements to the water as dietary supplements for Candy Coral.
- If fed properly, Caulestrea furcata grows quickly.
It is easy to maintain Candy Coral.