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Origin: Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Ocean, Sea Mediterranean (from 15 to 50 m or 590" to 1970" of depth)
Kind: Soft Coral
Form: encrusting, it covers the rocks. Polyps are often iridescent green (violacea), chestnut, purple, beige or white.
100 L / 22 imp gal / 26 US gal
T°: 24 à 26°C or 75 to 79°F
pH: 7.5 to 8.5
Density: 1022 to 1026
according to place available
Average to strong
Average to strong
Strong (toxic and invasive)
How to feed the Clavularia?
Like many corals, Clavularia has micro-algae growing in its interior. It feeds on these algae: it is its first source of food in its aquarium. It is therefore necessary to have a good lighting for these micro-algae (called zooxanthellae) to develop and that the coral can take nourishment.
Who can live with the Clavularia?
Clavularia can secrete a toxic substance called terpenoids. Corals downstream of the stream can be the victims. Attention therefore to the proximity of other species of invertebrates (SPS hard corals in particular).
This species can also be quite invasive. Plan early some space around this coral so that it can grow appropriately.
How to breed the Clavularia?
Breeding of this invertebrate occurs by division of the parent colony. Its stolons are encrusted in the rock gradually. The Clavularia extends horizontally, covering all of the available space. You can cut an excrescence to install it at the desired place.
This expansion can be quite fast, and the introduction of a single colony is enough to fill the space you want to devote to it.
Which aquarium for the Clavularia?
It will find its place among the rocks, algae and other corals of your reef aquarium, rather at the bottom of the tank (it tends to «climb» towards the light during its growth).
Be sure to install your Clavularia in moderate to intense light. It will also enjoy a good brew.
Filamentous algae can affect this soft coral. Only install this species when your aquarium is mature and well stabilized.
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The polyps of Clavularia can retract entirely, especially at night. Normally, polyps unfold entirely during the day. If the polyps do not come out during the day, it may be due to poor water quality (pollution). Check your settings!
Often confused with Anthelia. Note, however, that it does not have the ability to retract its polyps like Clavularia.
Extremely robust, Clavularia is very easy to acclimatize, maintain and breed. A perfect choice for beginners in reef aquarium! This ability comes from the fact that they have no skeletal structure: this makes them more tolerant to variations in alkalinity, calcium and magnesium than other corals. However, they remain sensitive to variations in pH, temperature and salinity.
Like all corals, Clavularia can be irritating to the skin or even toxic to humans. Handle it with care and wear gloves.
There are 69 species of Clavularia! Let’s quote from Wikipedia:
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