Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean
Natural Environment: Inhabit shallow reef tops, lagoons, and reef slopes receiving moderate water flows and seen at depths between 10 to 25 feet (3 - 8 m).
General Husbandry: Even though collected in shallow water, have found it to do better in bright, yet indirect lighted areas.
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.
Has formed 'buds' on the back of my specimen, which dropped off and formed new specimens.
Requires good water circulation, yet not as hardy as other Sarcophyton species
Needs sufficient space between its neighbors.
FYI: Can reach 24 inch (61 cm) heights.
Often imported from Tonga or Fiji.
Experience Level: Intermediate
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: 68 - 83°F (20 - 28°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
Lighting: PAR 350 - 450+
Water Movement: WM 2 - 3
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.