Acanthastrea is a genus of large-polyp stony coral that is known for its vibrant colors and hardy nature. This coral is highly sought after by saltwater aquarium hobbyists due to its striking appearance and easy-to-care-for personality.
Description: Acanthastrea corals are colonial corals that form large, fleshy polyps on a stony base. The polyps are usually brightly colored, with colors ranging from blue to green to red, and they have a smooth, rubbery texture. The coral grows slowly, but it can reach a large size over time.
Acan corals are incredibly hardy and fast growing in the reef aquarium. They can tolerate a wide variety of conditions including both low and moderate lighting and moderate water currents. The Acan coral can handle a wide range of aquarium conditions, however it does best in an established reef aquarium with stable conditions.
In the wild, Acan’s are found mostly in shallow, turbid water habitats to about 20m depth. They are often in protected areas like lagoons, forming colonies up to several meters across.
Care and Feeding: Acanthastrea corals are hardy and relatively easy to care for. Here are some tips for keeping these corals healthy in your saltwater aquarium:
Lighting: Acanthastrea corals prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate a wide range of light intensities, but it is important to avoid placing them in areas of direct, intense light.
Feeding: Acanthastrea corals are photosynthetic, but they will also benefit from being fed small amounts of food. We recommend the Reef Nutrition line of food. Reef Roids from Polyp-Lab is also suggested. Target fed minced mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp and smaller pieces of other meaty marine foods for best growth. The use of a quality protein skimmer helps maintain water quality and combat the effects of heavy feeding.
Tips for Thriving:
Gluing multiple frags of the Acan on a singular rock can create a stunning masterpiece as it grows out.
Avoid placement near aggressive corals: Acanthastrea corals are peaceful, so avoid placing them near aggressive corals that could damage or harm them.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a colorful and hardy addition to your saltwater aquarium, consider Acanthastrea corals. With their striking appearance and easy-to-care-for nature, these corals are sure to become a beautiful and low-maintenance feature in your tank.