Caulastrea furcata, Candy Cane corals, are large polyp stony (LPS) corals in the Merulinidae family. They are also sometimes referred to as “Trumpet corals” and “Bullseye corals.” Candy Cane corals have tubular stalks that grow out of their skeletal structures with stars on each tip. The polyps will feature a striped pattern. This species is often found in shades of green, yellows, or brown. However, there are some vibrant color morphs to be found.
Candy Cane corals require moderate lighting. We recommend around 100-150 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Candy Cane corals also prefer moderate water flow.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Candy cane corals may benefit from targeted feeding with meaty foods like Mysis shrimp or krill. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
Candy Cane corals have short tentacles and are pretty peaceful corals. Be sure to provide a little space for your Candy Cane corals to grow and thrive.