Pinwheel Candy Cane
Candy Cane Coral Care
Caulastrea are commonly referred to as either Candy Cane Corals or Trumpet Corals. They are a fast growing LPS Coral and can quickly form a large colony through fission where each polyp grows an additional mouth and then separates into two polyps. They are considered one of the more hardy corals making them beginner friendly. Please see below for more care tips for Candy Canes as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Caulastrea or Candy Cane Corals are found all over the Indo-Pacific and Great Barrier Reef.
Candy canes do not require much in the way of lighting. Medium to low lighting is a safer bet than the possibility of overexposure under lighting that is too intense. They maintain consistent coloration regardless of the type of lighting provided.Low Light
Low light translates to about 30-50 PAR
Medium Light is between 50-150 PAR
High Light is anything over 150 PAR
Lighting is a loaded topic, so for a more in-depth discussion of lighting, please see our Deep Dive article.
Moderate water movement is recommended for this coral. LPS like candy canes appreciate enough flow to bring them food and take away film and mucus on the coral, but it is important to not blast them too hard with flow.
Like many other LPS, candy cane corals can be fed a mix of meaty foods such as mysis or krill. Here at Tidal Gardens we do not go out of our way to spot feed these corals, but it can be accomplished easily. Candy canes open up and extend feeding tentacles when they detect food in the water.
This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. The branching Caulastrea quickly multiply by forming a peanut shape and separating into two heads. It is reasonable to believe that a sustainable harvest can be achieved in time.
Proper acclimation is extremely important considering the stress imposed on the animals by the shipping process. Please take a moment to review our Acclimation Guide.
The images were taken with a Canon 5D mk II and 100mm macro lens under T5 Fluorescent lighting. Quite a lot goes into how we go about shooting the corals and anemones you see on Tidal Gardens. For an in-depth look at our methods, check out our comprehensive Reef Aquarium Photography FAQ.