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Considered a luxury for any saltwater aquarium, the Aussie Acan colony comes in hundreds of different color combinations and is kept by beginners and advanced hobbyists alike. The typical Acan Coral care sheet is as follows:
The Aussie Acan Coral (Acanthastrea) receives some nutrition by way of photosynthesis. The key word is SOME. Many other species of coral use photosynthesis as the main source of nutrition.
Target feeding your Acans twice a week is sufficient, however some feed their Acans every other day to maximize growth.
Target feeding involves using a squirt feeder. Our favorite feeder is made by Kent and can be used for either liquid or suspended foods. A turkey baster can also double as a target feeder. Squirt the solution, which has been mixed with tank water directly, but lightly into the coral. The tentacles will sense the food and the coral will begin to feed.
Most Acans prefer moderate movement, which involves enough movement to disperse food within reach, but not too fast, which would likely result in polyps that do not open fully.
The theme of Acan care seems to be moderation and lighting requirements are no different. Placement at the top of the water column could result in too much light resulting in bleaching or death.
Placement is important for lighting purposes, water flow and the aggressiveness of Acan coral. Give at least 4-6 inches of space between Acans and other coral as they can and will fight for a dominant position.
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