Aquarium Fish

Candy Cane Coral

The Candy Cane Coral gets it's common name from the alternating stripes on it's polyps. This candy cane coral has a striped pattern on top of the polyp with usually a solid colored interior part of the polyp. There are a few different color variations including brown, green and cream colors, usually with alternating white stripes. Candy cane corals fluoresce magnificently under blue moon lights, making it look like something from outer space when viewing the tank at night when the aquarium lights are off.

Candy Cane Coral Care is fairly straight forward. Provide moderate to high intensity lighting, give it moderate water flows and feed it on a regular basis. They are known to be remarkably tolerant of hobbyist mistakes (i.e. low salinity, low calcium levels) and usually bounce back from these mistakes well.

Provided that you can give it the light it needs the limiting growth factor could become food. When the lights go off are when the little feeder tentacles come out and that is when you want to try and target feed. Turn off the power heads or other wave making devices and then with your sea squirt feeder (or turkey baster) slowly push the foods over the feeding tentacles. You can try mysis, brine shrimp and smaller saltwater origin meaty type foods. Don't over do it and pollute your tank. Just try to give them a little bit per feeding at a rate of a couple to several times per week should be fine.

This Candy Cane Coral is true beauty and can be recommended as a good beginner LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral assuming that you can might it's care requirements.


Candy Cane Coral Trumpet coral, torch coral
Showing stalks of the candy cane Caulastrea furcata


Coral Care

Scientific Name : Caulastrea furcata

Common Names : Trumpet coral, torch coral, bullseye coral

Care Level : Easy to moderate. This could be considered a decent candidate if you're interested in LPS coral keeping. Moderate lighting and moderate flow with supplemental target feedings periodically needed.

pH : 8.1 - 8.4

Temperature : 75°F - 82°F (24°C - 28°C)

Water Hardness : 8° to 12° dH

Calcium : 400 - 450 ppm

Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific, Fiji, Solomon Islands, etc.

Temperament / Behavior : This Large Polyped Stony (LPS) coral is not all that aggressive and has relatively short sweeper tentacles. Keep it away from more aggressive corals and give it room to grow.