Neon green Candy Cane corals add some eye candy to a reef tank. This is an LPS (large polyped stony) coral, which when cared for properly will continue to grow and split, making new heads. Essentially a night feeding coral, short tentacles extend to trap any food in the water column. Under actinic lighting, these corals glow brightly. Good water quality is a must. LPS corals need calcium so they can continually build the base structure. Fragging this coral is possible by carefully breaking the branches at the base.
This is sometimes referred to as a "moon coral", but it is a Favia sp. This specific specimen is multicolored, and at night when it feeds, it looks positively furry and 100% different in appearance. It isn't a hard coral to keep, but keep other corals away from it to avoid chemical stings that may hurt it.
This LPS is a Lobophyllia - Lobophyllia hemprichii. It prefers to be on rocky substrate, and is irritated by sand granules. In this image, you can see part of it is feeding on Formula One pellet food. It extends short tentacles to assist in retrieving morsels of food. This is another easy coral to care for and does well under Metal Halide lighting. You are looking at only two polyps! Target feeding meaty foods such as Cyclop-Eeze and pieces of krill can take up to 1 hour to ingest, and opportunistic ornamental shrimp may steal the food away.
This interesting coral that is likely in the Chalice category is a Jason Fox Jack-o-Lantern Leptoseris.
Photo by Sherita.
The well-deserved nickname of this cral is derived from the color. Superman wouldn't keep this coral anywhere near his being. Candycane corals are easy to keep and can be target fed when the coral extends its feeder tentacles. Once a polyp grows larger, it may form a bubble. When the bubble goes away on its own, two polyps appear in its place.
For many years, Goniopora, or Flower Pot corals, were very hard to keep alive in captivity. This greenish specimen looked okay, but within mere months, it could be dead without proper feeding. Reef keepers with years of experience tried to determine the needs of this creature. Reportedly they need good flow, must be target fed, and prefer being on the sand. Pairs do better than one isolated coral. Red Goniopora are far hardier, and ORA offers aqua-cultured specimens that have a greater likelihood of success.
A nice frag of Jason Fox Goldmeister chalice will grow out slowly over time.
Photo by Sherita
This macro shot is of a Favite coral. Growing polyps close to its skeletal structure, each green zone contains a mouth for feeding. When I received this coral, it was at least 50% dead probably from being under PC lighting. Under MH lighting, it rebounded nicely and 75% of the coral recovered with new growth seemingly daily. Other than normal daily feedings to the reef and maintaining good water quality, this Favite required no special care.
I'm fascinated with Favia corals. They are in the brain family of LPS, and I must have visited this multicolored corals for three weeks at the LFS before finally bringing it home. The colors are striking from above, but in my tank that isn't an easy picture to achieve. The brown encrusting stuff in the center of the rock is Pavona, an SPS coral.
This gorgeous coral is called a Diploastrea. There is some debate whether it is in the SPS or the LPS family, because it acts a little like both types. All day long, it appears as above. And at night when the lights are out, each tip opens up and extends short tentacles for feeding. I picked up this coral locally, and was very surprised to discover it had grabbed onto the rockwork beneath it within just a few days of being added to my reef. I thought it needed to be repositioned slightly, but it was already well attached.