General information – The Duncan coral is a beautiful, rare and hardy
coral to keep. Although it is very similar to other large polyped stony
corals in terms of tolerance and sensitivity many hobbyists fail to keep
it alive due to its feeding requirements and due to poor water quality. Its
tentacles are always extended, even at night, but if slightly disturbed,
will readily retract them.
Common Name - Duncan, whisker coral, daisy coral
Scientific Name - Duncanopsammia Axifuga
Photo by: Huy Phan
Family - Dendrophylliidae,
Origin - Australia, Indo-Pacific
Nutrition - Target feeding is recommended. Mysis shrimp, Cyclopeeze, Cyclops and baby brine shrimps
will help the Duncan coral to thrive.
Behavior - Peaceful
Maintenance and care – Duncan coral is very adaptable to lighting conditions, and prefers gentle
currents in its tank. Preferred placement is on rock but also can be placed on the sand. With good care,
good water quality and with direct feeding the Duncan coral can grow quite fast.
Water Parameters - Temperature: 72F-78F, PH: 8.1-8.4, Specific Gravity: 1.024-1.026
Lighting- Duncan coral also known as Whisker coral do well under most types of light but needs to be
acclimated slowly to intense metal halides.
Water flow- Moderate to strong