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Orange Sun Polyp Coral - Tubastrea sp. - Small

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Sun Polyp Coral get its name from the bright orange or yellow color that is most commonly found and the sun-like shape of their polyps when extended for feeding. More rare black or white forms are also sometimes found. Colonies are usually dome-shaped.

These corals lack zooxanthellae, thus they require frequent feeding for nutrition. They open at night, and must be fed while their tentacles are expanded. With time, some Sun Corals may become acclimated to feeding during the day. Crushed brine shrimp, mysis shrimp or Cyclopeeze are possible food types that can be used and should be target-fed in lowered flow to give the corals a chance to feed.

Place these corals out of direct light, low in the tank or under a ledge. Too much lighting can allow nuisance algae to grow on the coral and prevent it from feeding. Water flow should generally be moderate to high, except while feeding. A net or cup can be placed over the coral to help contact the food if the flow cannot be changed during target-feeding.


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Common NameOrange Sun Polyp Coral - Small
Scientific NameTubastrea sp.
OriginIndo-Pacific, Caribbean
Water MovementModerate to High
Light IntensityNone to Low (Indirect)
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-78
Water Hardness8-12 dKH
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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