The Acan Echinata (Coral)

January 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Aquariums, Catch All, Corals Mini-Reef

Acan Echinata - Acanthastrea echinataAcan Echinata
Acanthastrea echinata

“If you want all colors of the rainbow in your reef, try the Acan Echinata!”

The Acan Echinata comes in all rainbow colors and is quite beautiful!

The Acan Echinata Acanthastrea echinata is a member of the Mussidae family and is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral. They come in color combinations of brilliant oranges, reds and greens. This is the most popular Acanthastrea species after the Acan Lord A. lordhowensis. Other names the A. echinata are called by include the Starry Cup Coral, Pineapple Coral, Echinata Coral, Artichoke Coral, Rainbow Acan, Acan Brain Coral, and the Rainbow Acanthastrea.

The A. echinata has been bred and grown in captivity very successfully which has led to a variety of colors being available. Colors that come from captive bred specimens include rust oranges, gray lavenders, green combinations, and fused or grafted specimens that have more than one color. Specimens which are propagated to have certain color combinations are often called names such as the Rainbow Acan Echinata, the Orange Crush Acan Echinata, the Lavender Green Acan Echinata, and so on… Read More

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