Duncanopsammia axifuga, commonly known as Whisker Coral, is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral with a tree-like skeleton.
The skeleton has long, tubular corallites that face the top of the surface of the coral, with polyps extended day and night.
The long-bearded tentacles, often with contrasting tips, often obscure the underlying skeleton. In the wild, small colonies are found in deep waters attached to solid substrate areas where soft sand or muddy substrates predominate.
They can also be found in shadowed, turbid locations in shallow waters. Gentle currents, typical of their deep water or protected habitats allow maximum expansion of polyps.
Basic Water Parameters
8.0 to 8.3
34 - 36ppt
24.0 - 26.0 Celsius
Some turbulence required
Has sweeper tentacles and/or an ability to sting some 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.”