People who have aquariums at home always try to keep them well-attended. Duncan Corals are brilliant additions to aquariums for various reasons, and the “gorgeous animals” have already taken their permanent place in many families and hearts.
What is a Duncan Coral?
Duncanopsammia axifuga is a type of stony corals which is also known as Duncanops coral, whisker coral or simply-Duncan Coral. The Duncan Coral come from the South China Sea and Australia seabeds. They can be found growing in colonies of branching, as well as clustered individuals. It is very typical for the animal, which very much looks like to a beautiful flower, to grow at depths of nearly 30 meters.
Why is Duncan Coral so favorite?
The fact that Duncan Coral is lovely and one can be proud of having it in his aquarium is not the only reason why the animal is so popular.
- It is effortless to care for the Duncan Coral as they require very little attention.
- Also, Duncan Corals are easy to transport, and they grow very fast.
- If you even once have a look at them, you will be immediately attracted by their “angelic type of movement.” Fragging for reproduction also takes a little time and efforts.
- Duncan Corals are not hostile to other creates in the aquarium, which makes them desirable for many.
Caring for Duncan Coral
You will not have to spend hours on taking care of the animal. However, there are some preconditions which should be met.
Types of the lighting necessary for the Duncan Coral include metal halide lighting, compact fluorescent lighting, T5 high output fluorescent lighting, as well as ultraviolet lighting.
It is also desirable to provide moderate to high water current.
Duncan Coral have small tentacles and large fleshy polyps. Consequently, they are not hostile to other corals. As the tentacles are tiny, they cannot sting other spices in the aquarium.
Duncan Coral can only live in saltwater, and the ideal water temperature for them is 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
PH levels in the water should stay between 8.2 and 8.4.
Duncan Coral Diet
Feeding of Duncan Coral is not a hard task. For this, you will need to create an environment for photosynthesis and ensure throwing of some brine shrimp, Mysis shrimp or other meaty beat to you “domesticated animal.” Corals should receive the food several times each week with the help of water current.
You can also use a tool, similar to a long pipette, to place the food just in front of polyps’ tentacles. Some feed the animal directly from their hand. However, if you decide to do the same, be cautious.
Caution is necessary as Duncan Corals are very sensitive to touch and they may close up in such a way that it would be impossible to give them the food.
Reproduction and lifespan
If you are eager to have more Duncan Corals in a relatively short period, you can make your dream come true without much delay. Fragging for reproduction is not a complicated task and for this you will need to cut off corallites and glue them down on a frag plug or a small piece of rock.
Doing this you should place the corallites back into the Nano-Reef where new heads will emerge quite soon. Sometimes, for several days, nothing will happen, and you should not worry. Closing up and showing no heads for some time is one of the unusual behaviors of Duncan Coral.
In the case of proper care Duncan Corals live long and in most cases outlive their owners.