Peppermint Lord Acan (Acanthastrea lordhowensis) is a beautiful striped red variation of the famous Lord Acan. With both red and light blue / white coloration along the septa of the corallite, this large polyp stony with strong growth and beautiful patterns will surely please any reef aquarist.
The Acanthastrea genus is typically a larger corallite structure ranging approx 10mm in diameter with small lobes surrounding the septa. They are found on shallow water but typically in silty areas where light is not as bright and penetrating due to the sediment in the water.
This compromises a large family of corals with many variations and color patterns. The Acanthastrea lordhowensis & Acanthastrea echinata are the most common Acans in the aquarium trade. They do well in captivity and grow fast provided that they are fed well. However when target feeding any coral it is imperative to utilize a good skimmer to export waste and leftover food.
They are easy to frag as their well defined corallites are road maps for cutting. They can tolerate many extremes in lighting however for best coloration we have found that less intense light works best (HO T5 lights) as compared to Metal Halides.
They are aggressive feeders after the lights go out and sweeper tentacles can reach over an inch out from the body of the coral in attempt to catch food. Placement of corals within the aquarium anticipating this natural predatory behavior will save colonies from coral wars for space and food.