The Trumpet Coral is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral that is often referred to as Torch Coral, Candy or Bullseye Coral. The skeleton of this species is branched out of a central base, and terminates into a large head that resembles a trumpet. Trumpet Coral is mostly a carnivorous coral.
Trumpet Coral Appearance
This branch type coral branches out to a large head that resembles a trumpet. Trumpet Coral has large fleshy polyps that covers each head of the colony, which are fluorescent green in this species. It is able to expand its skeleton size giving the coral a similar appearance when compared to closed brain coral.
Environmental Requirements Of Trumpet Coral
Trumpet Coral is a hardy and relatively peaceful reef inhabitant, with very short sweeper tentacles that minimize its aggressiveness. Trumpet Coral requires moderate lighting and moderate water movement for optimum health, along with the addition of strontium, calcium and other trace elements to the water. It can be sensitive to metal halide lighting in aquariums, but can be acclimated in time. The coloring of this coral depends on the amount of lighting or lack of lighting that it receives in the tank.
Feeding And Nutrition For Trumpet Coral
Feeding Trumpet Coral in a marine reef aquarium is relatively easy and can be infrequent. It will definitely benefit from occasional target feedings of plankton and brine shrimp. Trumpet Coral can also be fed weekly in the form of chopped meaty items, baby brine shrimp and zooplankton. They have relatively short feeding tentacles.
Trumpet Coral Characteristics
This type of coral is a favorite amongst aquarium enthusiasts desiring an easy to care for stony coral. Trumpet Coral has clusters of bright green surrounded by a "cushion" of red. Actinic spectrum lighting will accentuate these colors in the saltwater aquarium environment, particularly the metallic variety. Maintaining proper calcium levels is very important to help this coral maintain its color and vibrance.