top photo by Mike LaPorte
last two photos by Bob Fenner
Common names: star polyps
Natural origin: Indo-Pacific
Sensitivity (Level 1): Star
polyps are usually tolerant, adaptable and easy to care for (though may
take a few days or weeks to open up in a new environment or after
corals have relatively poor prey capture and will only feed on smaller
particle food. In a healthy, well fed tank you won't need to worry
about these corals getting enough food.
Lighting (Level 5 to 10): They can adapt to a range of light intensities, but tend to thrive and grow faster under more intense lighting.
Moderate to high flow is best. These corals can be vulnerable to
sediment damage. If you see that debris has collected on the
coral, blast with a turkey baster or powerhead.
not an aggressive coral, they can grow very fast when healthy (to the
point of becoming a nuisance). They can over grow peaceful, slower
polyps are sometimes described as a "weed coral" for their rapid,
unrelenting growth. They are a good "starter coral" for a soft
coral tank, but can ultimately take over the tanks, encroaching on other
corals to the point of becoming a problem. They are easy to
fragment and propagate.