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Is Cyphastrea a SPS?

Is Cyphastrea a SPS?

Cyphastrea is tricky because the polyps resemble SPS polyps, but they are much larger than any SPS polyp. It usually likes low light like an LPS, but there is a branching variation that resembles acropora that prefers higher light.

Is Cyphastrea Coral aggressive?

Active Member. They just encrust but they do get aggressive if there is something in there way but for the most part they are pretty peaceful.

What kind of coral is Cyphastrea?

Cyphastrea are a massive reef building species and are part of the stony coral family Merulinidae. In the hobby they are available predominantly in an encrusting variety although there are unusual branching AND plating varieties available from time to time.

How fast does Cyphastrea grow?

In general, species from Cyphastrea are fast growing when you compare it to other mound-building corals. They usually grow in an encrusting form and can visually see a difference in size within 6 months. Newbies can cultivate Cyphastrea since they are easy to care and maintain.

Is Cyphastrea Hardy?

They are a hardy SPS and will adapt to just about any light level and flow conditions.

Do you have to feed Cyphastrea?

Cyphastrea relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae. I will be the first to say that most hobbyists do not target feed Cyphastrea and it may be more effort than it is worth. If you turn off the flow and provide them with appropriately sized food, they do take in a fair amount and slough off the rest.

Does Cyphastrea encrust on glass?

The Agent 420 Cyphastrea is one of our favorite encrusting corals at the Chaos farm! Cyphastrea are one of the most adaptable corals and can be trained to adhere to glass, acrylic or ceramic surfaces.

How do you care for Cyphastrea?

Lighting & Flow Requirements: The Meteor Shower Cyphastrea Coral requires moderate water flow and moderate lighting (PAR 150-250). T5’s, Metal Halides, or LED’s can all grow Favites Corals when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.

What type of coral is a chalice?

Chalice corals are one of the most highly desirable large polyp stony corals in the industry. This is due in large part to the colors and patterns chalices are capable of expressing. High-end Chalices often have intensely fluorescent colors and can display striking patterns.