The Trumpet coral gets its name from the way the skeletal structure grows as a strait tubular stalk and ends in a bulbous fleshy polyp resembling the end of a trumpet. This coral is found normally in several different shades of bright green, purple, and blue. This coral will fluoresce under actinic lighting adding vibrant color to the reef. Candy Cane corals do have tentacles but they are very short so unless you have a coral fall directly into your Trumpet coral it’s not likely that other corals will be stung. Which is why this coral is considered peaceful.
Common Names: Candy Cane coral or Trumpet Coral
Skill Level: Beginner
Light Level: Moderate
Water Flow: Moderate
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Candy Cane corals are a photosynthetic coral and do not need to be directly fed. The coral produces its food from the lights on your tank. However you can feed your Trumpet coral and it will accept pieces of meaty foods by catching them in its tentacles. Normally the tentacles are extended while your tanks lights are turned off or right after feeding your fish and the coral has sensed there is food in the water. Once a week I will shoot small pieces of shrimp into the tentacles of my Candy Cane. I have noticed a large difference in growth rate when feeding the coral directly.
It has been my experience that too much flow will make the fleshy part of the trumpet coral retract. For this reason i would say that moderate water movement is best. My Candy Cane corals are places on the floor of my tank in moderate water flow.
Trumpet coral propagation of the coral is handled like many other LPS corals. Using snips cut the skeleton to separate the heads from the main mother colony where they “fork”. It’s okay to have your coral out of the water for several minutes. Give your coral several days before you see full polyp extension. Trumpet coral propagation is handled the same way you would a frogspawn coral. For a more in depth description please click here.
Update – 04-02-2013
Caught this picture of a Trumpet coral head catching a Bristleworm. I would of thought the Bristleworm would of been too sneaky to ever get caught in a trumpet corals tentacles but i guess this one was out of luck!
Click here to view more information on Candy Cane Coral.