Cyphastrea is often referred to as “meteor shower” coral because its most common form has a blue base covered with contrasting red polyps.
While initially presenting with tightly packed polyps on the corals base, over time the contrasting red polyps will gradually drift apart giving the appearance of meteors moving through space.
Cyphastrea can, however, be found in a series of other colour variations, this coupled with the species fast growth and hardiness has made it a popular aquarium species.
In the wild this species can be found in shallow exposed reefs.
Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3
34 - 36ppm
24.0 - 26.0 Celsius
Some turbulence required
Limited ability to damage other corals.
- It is highly recommended to acclimate all corals to a new environment to prevent shocking corals.
- Place the corals in the water from the packing bags and slowly add the water from new environment (Dripping method is recommended).
- Use the water parameter above as a guide.
- When the vessel becomes full , replace the water with the new environment water by a small amount at a time.
- Ensure the water temperature matches with the new environment’s water.
- After the corals have spent adequate time in the acclimation water, gently place the corals to a new environment.
- It is recommended to place new corals under lower light intensity than usually required. Once corals show no signs of stress, it can be moved to higher lighting area gradually.”