By Bob Goemans
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Family Alcyoniidae

Sarcophyton elegans

Moser, 1919

Yellow Leather Coral

Likely Reef Tank Suitable

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

Natural Environment: Inhabits reef tops, lagoons, and reef slopes

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 to 83°F (22 - 28°C). This species is usually imported from Tonga or Fiji. Even though collected in shallow water, I have found it to do better in fairly indirect metal halide light. Does not ship well, sometimes coming in with dark necrotic areas due to injuries received in collection or shipping. Putting a damaged specimen in the aquarium is chancy. Requires good water circulation. Not as hardy as other Sarcophyton species.

 Sarcophyton elegans (Yellow Leather Coral)
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