Cyphastrea are large polyp stony (LPS) corals that currently belong to the Merulinidae family. Cyphastrea corals grow by encrusting and can be found in a variety of vibrant shades. A hardy species of coral, Cyphastrea is known to be a fast-growing coral under optimal conditions.
Cyphastrea corals require low to moderate lighting. We recommend around 100 PAR. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Cyphastrea corals also prefer moderate water flow, enough to ensure debris doesn’t build up and cover them.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed. Please note, these corals are very sensitive to changes in water parameters. Any changes you implement must be gradual.
When placing your Cyphastrea, please remember that these corals are aggressive and may attack other corals with their sweeper tentacles. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Cyphastrea corals to grow, expand, and thrive.