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Duncanopsammia Coral
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Duncanopsammia Coral (Duncanopsammia axifuga)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Green, Purple
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Australia
Family Dendrophylliidae
Lighting Low to Moderate
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Low
Placement Bottom to Middle
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Overview

The Duncanopsammia Coral is a showy coral boasting beautiful coloration and pronounced whisker-like tentacles that retract when disturbed, but otherwise remain on full display day and night. Duncanopsammia Coral colonies form via long, tubular corallites with brilliantly-colored oral discs.

Native to the deeper waters of Western and Northern Australia and the South China Sea, the Duncanopsammia Coral prefers to attach to solid objects in soft, sandy areas. Here, they readily propagate and often form a continuous mat of tentacles that conceal the overall shape of the underlying colony.

The Duncanopsammia Coral requires low to moderate lighting conditions achieved by T-5s, powerful LEDs or the more intense metal halides. To maximize growth rate, maintain high pH, alkalinity and calcium levels, as well as high water quality with phosphate and nitrate levels as close to zero as possible. Along with proper lighting and water quality, the Duncanopsammia Coral will benefit from the addition of light or low water movement.

The Duncanopsammia Coral is peaceful in temperament and does well with other non-aggressive corals and invertebrates, provided it has ample room to grow. The Duncanopsammia Coral satisfies the majority of its nutritional requirements by means of photosynthetic, symbiotic zooxanthellae algae hosted within its body. However, it will benefit from regular target feedings of meaty marine foods such as enriched mysis and brine shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1” to 2”; Small/Medium: 2” to 2-1/2”; Medium: 2-1/2” to 3”; Medium/Large: 3” to 5”; Large: 5” to 6”

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