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Crack the Whip With Tubastrea

Beautiful, yet high maintenance, Tubastrea spp. can be trained" to do an aquarist's bidding.

By Scott Caufield

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More than 98 feet deep in the warm waters off the coast of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, a beautiful and prolific coral resides among the darkness of caves and jutting overhangs. The lack of available light in the area masks the striking colors of this coral as it lives its days filtering bits of food from the swift currents of the water column. This coral is known by several common names, including sun coral, orange cup coral and sunflower coral, but its true name is Tubastrea.

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