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Mushroom Leather Coral
Origin: South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Red Sea
Kind: Soft coral
Form: trunk surmounted by a polypier. The color ranges from brown or beige, sometimes green.
200 L / 44 Imp gal / 53 US gal
T°: 23 to 28°C or 73 to 82°F
pH: 8 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1028
up to 60 cm (24")
How to feed the Mushroom Leather Coral?
Leather coral feeds essentially with the help of micro algae that develop within it: zooxanthellae. The algae use light to grow and are therefore a natural food source for the coral. Occasionally, you can feed plankton or artemia nauplia with a pipette but this is not essential.
Who can live with the Mushroom Leather Coral?
Leather coral is poisonous to hard corals which should be avoided in close proximity.
How to breed the Mushroom Leather Coral?
The breeding of this invertebrate does not pose any difficulty. It is done by dividing a part of the colony (use a razor blade and install the detached part on a clean rock) or by cutting (collect the rejects at the base of the foot). Generally speaking, corals of this species grow easily in aquariums and you can expect to have a nice extension of your colony starting from a single foot.
Which aquarium for the Mushroom Leather Coral?
This coral will appreciate moderate to strong lighting (with HQI lighting, it's even better!) because it lives naturally in well-lit shallow waters. The current must be moderate (a current too weak or too strong constantly retracts the polyps). Therefore, it will find its place in the middle part of the aquarium, where the light is well present and the mixing moderate.
Given its size, an aquarium of at least 200 liters / 44 Imp Gal / 53 US Gal should be considered.
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Very robust, this coral is tolerant of water quality in its environment (within reasonable limits) as long as it does not vary constantly. It can therefore be proposed to aquarists who are new to marine aquariums.
It is a demonstrative coral in the sense that it will show you its dissatisfaction by turning in on itself at the slightest deviation of maintenance. Fortunately, in most cases, it recovers in a few days from its misadventure.
This coral moults very regularly, which can manifest itself by the retraction of polyps. If the coral remains contracted for too long and without further explanation (test the parameters) it may be that it has difficulty finishing its moult: direct the stirring a little more towards it to help it get rid of the waxy film it has produced.
Depending on the species and the region where it develops, Sarcophyton polyps can be long or short, few or quite dense. Here is the list of the species recognized among the Sarcophyton:
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