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Marine   Corals

(Clavularia spp.)


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Scientific name
Clavularia spp.

Common name


what are its countries of origin?

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Ocean, Sea Mediterranean (from 15 to 50 m or 590" to 1970" of depth)


quel type de corail ?

Kind: Soft Coral
Form: encrusting, it covers the rocks. Polyps are often iridescent green (violacea), chestnut, purple, beige or white.





what is the minimum volume for this species?

100 L / 22 imp gal / 26 US gal


what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this coral?

T°: 24 à 26°C or 75 to 79°F
pH: 7.5 to 8.5
Density: 1022 to 1026





what is the maximum size of this coral?

according to place available



Average to strong


what brightness is needed?

Average to strong



Strong (toxic and invasive)


How to feed the Clavularia?


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?


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?


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.

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Clavularia?

Its aquarium

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.

Clavularia violette
Clavularia verte
Clavularia blanche
Clavularia jaune

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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:

  • Clavularia alba

  • Clavularia arctica

  • Clavularia australiensis

  • Clavularia bathybius

  • Clavularia borealis

  • Clavularia capensis

  • Clavularia carpediem

  • Clavularia charoti

  • Clavularia concreta

  • Clavularia crassa

  • Clavularia crosslandi

  • Clavularia cylindrica

  • Clavularia delicatula

  • Clavularia densum

  • Clavularia desjardiniana

  • Clavularia diademata

  • Clavularia dispersa

  • Clavularia durum

  • Clavularia eburnea

  • Clavularia elongata

  • Clavularia expansa

  • Clavularia filiformis

  • Clavularia filippi

  • Clavularia flava

  • Clavularia frankliniana

  • Clavularia frigida

  • Clavularia garcia

  • Clavularia grandiflora

  • Clavularia griegii

  • Clavularia inflata

  • Clavularia koellikeri

  • Clavularia laxa

  • Clavularia levidensis

  • Clavularia longissima

  • Clavularia magelhaenica

  • Clavularia margaritaceum

  • Clavularia margaritferae

  • Clavularia marioni

  • Clavularia mikado

  • Clavularia modesta

  • Clavularia molli

  • Clavularia morbesbii

  • Clavularia multispiculosa

  • Clavularia notanda

  • Clavularia novaezealandiae

  • Clavularia ornata

  • Clavularia pacifica

  • Clavularia parva

  • Clavularia parvula

  • Clavularia peterseni

  • Clavularia pregnans

  • Clavularia primula

  • Clavularia pulchra

  • Clavularia purpurascens

  • Clavularia racemosa

  • Clavularia ramosa

  • Clavularia repens

  • Clavularia reptans

  • Clavularia rigida

  • Clavularia spongicola

  • Clavularia stormi

  • Clavularia strumosa

  • Clavularia tenuis

  • Clavularia thalassanthos

  • Clavularia thompsoni

  • Clavularia venustella

  • Clavularia viridis

  • Clavularia zanzibarensis

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