Our Aquacultured Big Pipe Trumpet Coral is a burgundy red with a fluorescent green center. A large polyp stony (LPS) coral, it is also referred to as the Candy Cane, Torch, or Bullseye Coral. Easy to grow and attractive, the skeleton branches out of a central base, and comes to an end with a large head that resembles a colorful trumpet. The Big Pipe Trumpet Coral carries the name because the heads will expand their fleshy polyps to many times its own size.
Difficulty A hardy and easy to care for coral making it a great beginner coral.
Aggressiveness This is not a very aggressive species. Their sweeper tentacles are short and they seldom bother anything around them, but it is semi-aggressive if it is too close to other corals.
Requires a low to moderate water flow.
Requires Low to moderate lighting. They are very sensitive to metal halides, lighting from these sources needs to be indirect. T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Trumpet Coral when the proper levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
A mature, well-fed live rock/reef environment is what is needed for your coral, along with some fish for organic matter production, and dissolved organics. When positioning the coral in the aquarium be sure that it is lying in a way so as not to collect debris on the surface.
Diet and Feeding
Trumpet Corals do have big appetites, so they need to be fed at the very least twice a week, and grow quite well with regular feedings. It does help to turn the water pumps off during feeding. They can be fed when the tentacles extend but it is not necessary to do so as they will feed during the day when food is present. Like many other LPS, trumpet corals can be fed a mix of meaty foods such as mysis or krill. The coral can be spot fed but its not necessary. They do quite well with their tentacles pulling food from the water.
Propagates extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. The Caulastrea coral quickly multiplies by forming a peanut shape and separating into more heads.