Is this a brain coral? It was sold to me as an acan lord.

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As the title suggests? Sorry about the picture it was when the actinics were the only lights in. I've only got soft coral in my tank. I wanted to try a LPS. The guy at the store said it was an acan and easy to keep. Said put it lower down as it needs less light and feed it mysis shrimp. I can't tell if it's doing well or not! I watched a video on YouTube and it looks a bit like a brain coral frag. Can anyone help?

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Sorry to reply to my own post I feel I should elaborate! All my soft corals are doing amazing. Lights are just 6x 39w t5's ( 3x actinic, 2x daytime and 1x 50:50. Lights are not all on all day! Daytimes come on about 11am go off at 5pm, actinics 1pm go off at 9pm and the remaining Ines I manually turn on for a few hours in between. All water parameters are good and use RO DI water. I'm worried either this coral is getting too much light or not enough? I can't tell if it's healthy like you can with a soft coral (as they generally expand and look healthy).

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Can you take more pictures? That looks like a massive head for a acan.


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More basic pictures! It's basically green with orange stripes. It has feeder tentacles that sometimes are out more so at night. Also has about 3 or 4 obvious mouths in between! I'm worried what you've said now as it's obviously not an acan! It's about 5 inches across!

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Looking at those pics I think you are right, it’s definitely not a acan, I think it’s a trachphillya.


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Looking at those pics I think you are right, it’s definitely not a acan, I think it’s a trachphillya.


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Thanks for taking the time to reply. So I've done some (very brief) research on brain corals and the consensus seems to be they are one of the easier to keep LPS? But from what I've read it also would seem they don't really need feeding? Anything I should especially be aware of? Like I said it's easy to see my soft coral is doing well as it obviously expands greatly and grows! But I can't tell if this coral is healthy? Open?

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Tbh I have had limited experience with soft or lps. But if it’s puffy, the mouths aren’t wide open and feeds are out at night then that’s a good sign.

Did you get it for a good price?


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Tbh I have had limited experience with soft or lps. But if it’s puffy, the mouths aren’t wide open and feeds are out at night then that’s a good sign.

Did you get it for a good price?


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It's not particularly puffy to be honest and hasn't been the 7 days I've had it! The feeding tentacles only seem to come out when I spot feed with mysis shrimp which the cleaner shrimp steals anyway! Well it was £30 but they were doing a deal of buy and 2 corals and get a 3rd free so I got that, somestar polyps and a leather finger for £60!

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That’s not bad it will take a bit of time to settle so don’t worry to much, it looks ok in the pictures, if it really sulks you will see the skeleton, that’s not good but yours looks fine.


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Would also be great if someone that regularly keeps brain corals could give me some tips! Like I said I'm still not entirely sure if it's 'doing well' or doing not so well! I wanted an easy first time LPS and I feel it was a bit Mis sold to me but also I don't want it to die whatsoever. But yeah I should have done a bit more research on LPS I admit that. I do keep good husbandry on my tank though. My soft corals are doing amazing and have doubled in size, but it's easy to tell with them!

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Have you tested your water for calcium, magnesium and alkalinity?  That's the first step.  For stoney corals, they all need to be in check.

It won't like fast flow, so make sure it's not getting battered.

Lighting - they're not too demanding.

Feeding - target feed it once in a while, but if your cleaner shrimps are ripping food from its mouth, maybe target feed them first, the the coral.

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Have you tested your water for calcium, magnesium and alkalinity?  That's the first step.  For stoney corals, they all need to be in check.

It won't like fast flow, so make sure it's not getting battered.

Lighting - they're not too demanding.

Feeding - target feed it once in a while, but if your cleaner shrimps are ripping food from its mouth, maybe target feed them first, the the coral.

Yeah I test water a bit obsessively! Calcium is always around 400 - 420, magnesium always for some reason a bit on the high side at 1600-1700 and dKH always 7-8 but sometimes I manually raise is half a degree.

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