View Full Version : Candycane placement

07/15/2012, 10:30 AM
I have a candycane with about 7 heads and i have problems with placement.
Now the thing is its growing, but when i had it low to the sand or high or midway up to the light, it was never puffy like how i see it in pics or at the LFS. In the night though, all the feeder tentacles are out as normal. All my parameters are very good.

Nitrates 0
Nitrites 0
Ammonia 0
Phosphates 0
Cal 460
alk 9
Salinity 1.026
temp 79F

The tank is running close to a year now with multiple types of corals (LPS, leathers and zoas) which are growing very good and open. Of my 20+ types of corals in the tank, this candycane is the slowest and is not open. I'm thinking of replacing it with another coral from my LFS like a green rasta leather. Any help on the candycane will be a great help

The Rio Reef
07/15/2012, 11:30 AM
I am having a similar issue, waiting on reply from the experts

07/15/2012, 12:01 PM
^^^ have you tried anything else different?

07/16/2012, 02:07 PM
Mine started at 5 heads (plus 1 nearly dead head)...for months never opened when it was towards the bottom. I moved it up to about 1/3 from top and after about a year has literally 60-70 heads, very puffy, and tentacles out every night. Running 4 lamp t-5 HO in 24" deep tank

07/16/2012, 02:42 PM
^^^^^^ ok cool. I'll see if i drop it away from the light and see what happens

07/17/2012, 02:12 AM
^^^^^^ ok cool. I'll see if i drop it away from the light and see what happens

Yeah, the lower I place mine the puffier it gets. Not sure what is best for the health of the coral though. Mine seems to grow just fine in either case.


07/17/2012, 08:43 AM
Ive also got a 4 bulb T5 light in a 20" tank. Whenever mine is close the top or midway up, it tends to shink...put it on the bottom and it opens up and looks much better.

07/17/2012, 10:19 AM

07/17/2012, 10:48 AM
I had issues with mine as well, and when I began feeding it regularly (every day), it really began to get inflated and stay inflated, even when I quit feeding it all the time. These corals seem to need a kick start some times...


07/17/2012, 06:24 PM
My candy cane is under 4 t5hos as well however it was only in a 20 long so it was only 13 in deep on the sand bed. Had similar problems as you and lowered my salinity from 1.026 to 1.023 because of some advice from a fellow reefer and saw decent improvement in how much it would open

07/17/2012, 07:52 PM
Find a space with moderate lighting and moderate flow and just leave it. I used to waste a lot of time moving mine from space to space but I found if I just let it be it will acclimate and become fully inflated.
Trust me! I have colonies all over my tank.This green candycane was my first lps and definitely my most prolific .


07/17/2012, 07:57 PM

07/17/2012, 08:20 PM
See, there ya go!
LOL , You are already thinking of moving it again.
Just let it be!

07/17/2012, 10:43 PM
its not that, its just that i have it in high lighting at the moment......... about 12" from the light. My tank is 30" high

07/17/2012, 11:29 PM
Probably my favorite LPS, They come in a lot of colours, The Neon green is awesome and the Red striped is sweet, I agree lower light with moderate flow.

07/18/2012, 06:47 AM
what do you have for lighting trinidiver?

07/18/2012, 06:54 AM
What lights do you run? I have 250w MHs and my candycanes love it on the sand bed.

07/18/2012, 07:16 AM
what do you have for lighting trinidiver?

Its a 72" Current USA hood with 8 X39W - HO T5's (12,000K) with 4 purple actinics and 2- 4ft truelumens Deepwater Blue - sharp 453nm LED's.
My tank is 72" X 24"W X 30"H. I have acans, brains, scollies, lobo's which are all on the sand bed. My frogspawns are lower than where i have the candycanes

07/18/2012, 07:09 PM
I have mine about 12" from the top and it looks like this I don't even feed it just leave it still it will be ok

03/03/2016, 11:32 AM
been searching on why mine is not doing well, I'm going to try move it to the sand bed and maybe even party shaded because my led lights are quite bright

03/08/2016, 02:37 PM
The issue with Candy cane is that placement depends greatly on the type and intensity of your light. I grow mine with great success on the sand, but I have one head that broke away one day I was cleaning and I placed it behind a bunch of rocks on the back of the tank and I now have 5 heads there.

I would use this list for placement and move it down or up according to how you see it perform.


This is mine under my DIY T5/LED hybrid. If you look close, you can see that the heads facing to the sides, are more inflated. This tells me that they are stretching a bit to get more light. I can't go further down and I won't, since they are doing fine, but this should give you an idea of what to look for.


03/08/2016, 02:40 PM
I have mine about 12" from the top and it looks like this I don't even feed it just leave it still it will be ok

I just realized I posted that in 2012 wow it was tiny you should see it now still in the same spot just larger

03/09/2016, 12:26 PM
I just realized I posted that in 2012 wow it was tiny you should see it now still in the same spot just larger

sooo.....lets see it! haha

03/11/2016, 03:31 PM
Webmanny - that's an awesome link! Thanks very much!

03/14/2016, 11:57 AM
how long does it take for them to start to grow new heads. I have one in the bottom of my 29 biocube. Its been there for probably 5 months and hasn't grown anything. Seems happy is puffy and eats when spot feed but still hasn't grown any new heads. Just curious as to how long it takes to see growth. I keep my mag and calcium in check and i spot feed it 2 to 3 times a week

03/14/2016, 12:22 PM
sooo.....lets see it! haha

Here she is now

http://i1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee506/frankymaxrivera/8E6552A0-5358-4B01-BA66-7D64AE6CB2D6_zpsvtwzft07.jpg (http://s1231.photobucket.com/user/frankymaxrivera/media/8E6552A0-5358-4B01-BA66-7D64AE6CB2D6_zpsvtwzft07.jpg.html)

03/14/2016, 12:53 PM
oh dang, that is awesome haha. I want one now, they never really did it for me before, but a huge colony like that looks pretty sweet.

03/14/2016, 01:14 PM
Lol yeah she's the reason I upgraded to a 180. She outgrew the 75 lol

North Borders
03/29/2016, 02:51 AM
That's like a small forest! Do you target feed your candy cane bush?

03/29/2016, 06:54 AM
I used to in the beginning but they I got lazy and stopped. It just exploded in growth

03/29/2016, 07:57 AM
So you're saying that they exploded in growth by not feeding them?

03/29/2016, 09:00 AM
I think they exploded in growth when my calcium was off and I tested it was like 600. But I could be wrong. I wouldn't recomended increase calcium that high as other things weren't happy. But it seemed to take off after that. Could be all coincidental too