Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean
Natural Environment: Inhabits turbid, back reefs, reef slopes and reef flats experiencing moderate water flow with occasional surges at depths between 30 to 65 feet (10 - 20 m) where it can attain 16 inches (41 cm) in height.
General Husbandry: Require moderate to bright lighting, moderate water movement, and will somewhat tolerate hair algae. Needs sufficient space between its neighbors, and can be stung by mushroom coral, however, it can sting gorgonians.
Quite slimy and feels very slippery.
A good coral for beginners.
FYI: Be aware there is a white nudibranch, probably Tritonopsilla alba, sometimes associated with this species. They feed on the coral mostly at night and often leave powdery deposits at the coral's base. Sometimes these deposits are so excessive the coral separates from its base. Viewing your aquariums at night with the aid of 'moonlights' is a good way to view for nighttime predators. Remove these frilly looking nudibranchs with tweezers when seen.
There are numerous species, with all looking quite similar; therefore exact identification is extremely difficult. Yet all require the same aquarium husbandry.
Easily trimmed/pruned to make new colonies.
Mariculture specimens available in the trade.
Experience Level: Beginner
Diet: Photosynthetic/Absorption of nutrients
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe:With caution
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy
Calcium (Ca): 380 - 430 mg/l
Alkalinity: 2.5 - 3.0 meq/l
Phosphate (PO4): <0.05 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg): approx. 1350 mg/l (relate to specific gravity)
Strontium (Sr) 8 - 10 mg/l
Temperature Range: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Lighting: PAR 350 - 450+
Water Movement: WM 1 - 2
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.