Just looking at these photos, you can easily see why this is one of the most spectacular encrusters out in the hobby. But this Cyphastrea didn't always look this way, this was the result of a chance observation and many years of hopeful wishing.
Originally, we noticed a small speck of green on one of our neon orange Cyphastreas. We're talking about the size of detritus, so small we even turkey basted it to make sure our eyes weren't deceiving us. Seeing how only this one Cyphastrea carried this green speck among many others, we kept this piece as a small growing project. A few months pass by, and the green is still a tiny speck. We thought that the green needed room to grow, so the Cyphastrea was fragged where the green speck would be a part of the new growth. We risked completely losing the green speck to the bandsaw, but if the green didn't grow then there was no point in keeping it. Luckily, our steady hands prevailed and the green began to grow out as a thin streak! The fragging process was repeate, allowing the green to grow more until finally after many years that one small speck turned into a handsome green slice.
We're so glad we took the chance to grow and isolate such a uniquely colored specimen right in our tank. Sometimes experimenting and taking a chance leads to some amazing things, such as this Cyphastrea.
LC Circuit Breaker Cyphastrea, WYSIWYG
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 moderate grower. Increased growth with feeding such as Benepets and liquid supplements.
Prefers to be kept in lower to medium lighting conditions.
Currently kept under Kessil A360X units. Mounting height 24" above water line. 12:00PM - 10:00PM at 100% blue intensity.
Best kept under low to medium flow.
Currently kept with two Maxspect Gyre 350s Pumps on an 8' raceway.
Brightwell's Amino Acids, Lugols, Replenish, Restor, Potassion, KoralColor.
Benepets Coral Food.