We have been growing and fragging the Meteor Shower Cyphastrea coral here at Vivid Aquariums for over five years now. We believe that frags and aqua-cultured corals are the future of the aquarium hobby.
Lighting & Flow Requirements:
The Meteor Shower Cyphastrea requires moderate to high water flow and moderate lighting (PAR 200-300) to maintain its color. T5's, Metal Halides, or LED's can all grow Cyphastrea Coral when the proper PAR levels are provided. We recommend a 14-20K color spectrum for best coloration.
It is important that proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) are maintained. Raising magnesium levels gradually up to 1400-1600 ppm can help to combat algae outbreaks, just keep CA and Alk in line as you raise the Mg. Nitrates should be below 10 ppm and phosphates should be below .10 ppm. We recommend doing a water change when Nitrate levels rise to 10 ppm. It is important to replace your phosphate media when phosphates rise to .10 ppm. Media Reactors make the most efficient use of your phosphate media by fluidizing it.
Vivid Aquariums uses and recommends dosing pumps to automate the dosing of additives and keep your levels more constant. A dosing pump can alleviate the chore of manually dosing your aquarium with Ca, Alk, & Mg 2,3, or 4 times per week and will benefit your aquarium by keeping your levels constant through frequent small additions of Ca, Alk, & Mg. Our tanks all progressed when we switched from 3 manual dosings per week to 70 automatic dosings per week and we got a lot more work done.
Mount the Meteor Shower Cyphastrea using IC gel glue, or putty, on an exposed rock in the aquarium where it will receive direct flow and light. The Meteor Shower Cyphastrea will encrust the rock and can over grow nearby corals so give it space to spread out. If you are worried about it "growing out of control" just mount your frag on a larger "grow out" rock 3"-6" in size that is easy to remove from the aquarium to frag. This method prevents encrusting cyphastrea from covering your main rock structure if you don't want it to.
Vivid Aquariums recommends feeding Cyphastrea corals with Oyster-Feast and/or Roti-Feast. Target feeding gets the corals fed using less food while keeping your nitrates and phosphates lower.