Another classic piece that's become a favorite among all hobbyist. You may have seen the abbreviation CARs when someone was talking about these. With their contrasting red and green body coloration, they make a bold statement in any reef tank. The red skirts even have a metallic hue! Under higher light, Candy Apple Reds can gain a slight yellow ring around the green center.
Different strains of Candy Apple Reds are extremely sought after, such as Candy Apple Oranges (more pronounced yellow ring) and Bowsers (a high end zoanthid with a large amount of yellow in the center). Candy Apple Reds will not gain as much yellow in the center as the previous two mentioned morphs, but are still beautiful in their own way.
These polyps can get large but look great under higher light, where the polyp becomes more compact and packed with colors. Higher light also helps to bring out any yellow in the center.
Candy Apple Reds
Best tried after you've had success with a few other easier corals first and have an understanding of basic reef chemistry such as keeping salinity, alkalinity, calicium, and magnesium levels consistent. The coral itself is very easy to care for if you test for your parameters often and have created a consistent maintanence routine for your reef!
A slow grower. Increased growth with feeding such as Benepets.
Prefers to be kept in lower to medium light.
Currently kept under Kessil A360X units. Mounting height 24" above water line. 12:00PM - 10:00PM at 100% blue intensity.
We recommend starting smaller zoanthid frags in lower flow until it reaches a small colony size. Once established, increase the flow level to avoid any detritus building up in between the mat. If detritus builds up inside the matting of the zoanthid, it can cause bacterial issues.
Currently kept with Maxspect Gyre 350s Pumps.
Brightwell's Amino Acids, Lugols, Replenish, Restor, Potassion, KoralColor.
Benepets Coral Food.