Rainbow Acan Echinata with orange and pink fleshy body, green rim and blue mouths. 4 heads. About 3/4-1″ frag size.
In the Wild
Acanthastrea coral are some of the most common coral in the ocean. Acans are found in a wide variability of colorations all over the Pacific and Indian Oceans usually in reef settings at a variety of depths. These Acans have a fleshy polyp that is a defining factor between it and many of the favids that it resembles.
In the Aquarium
Rainbow Acan Echinata are a very hardy encrusting coral with good growth rates. General health, coloration and growth are all greatly enhanced by frequent supplemental meaty foods. It survives the fragging process well, and grows easily over large flat plugs. It will thrive in lower to moderate lighting conditions and will really show some amazing coloration if displayed under actinic lighting. They are not extremely sensitive to water quality just as long as parameters are stable. Many collectors often collect gardens of acan coral for display in their LPS and mixed reef aquarium systems.
For our current Auctions Listings please visit our Facebook Page. The Acanthastrea genus is a large family of corals with many variations and color patterns. Ranging from Pink, Purple, Blue and Green to Red, Yellow & Orange plus variations with many rainbow morphs in between. Aussie Acans are aggressive feeders after the lights go out and sweeper tentacles can reach over an inch out from the body of the coral in attempt to catch food. Placement of corals within the aquarium anticipating this natural predatory behavior will save colonies from coral wars for space and food. Aussie Acans are found on shallow water but typically in silty areas where light is not as bright and penetrating due to the sediment in the water. They typically a larger corallite structure ranging approx 10mm in diameter with small lobes surrounding the septa. The Acanthastrea lordhowensis & Acanthastrea echinata are the most common Acans in the aquarium trade. They do well in captivity and grow fast provided that they are fed well. However when target feeding any coral it is imperative to utilize a good skimmer to export waste and leftover food. Aussie Acans are found on shallow water but typically in silty areas where light is not as bright and penetrating due to the sediment in the water. They typically a larger corallite structure ranging approx 10mm in diameter with small lobes surrounding the septa. Acan Lords are easy to frag as their well defined corallites are road maps for cutting. They can tolerate many extremes in lighting however for best coloration we have found that less intense light works best (HO T5 lights) as compared to Metal Halides.