Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: South Africa, Madagascar, and Seychelles.
Natural Environment: Inhabit reef slopes and vertical walls from depths of 6 to 30 feet (2 - 10 m) where it forms large colonies with heights up to about 12 inches (30 cm).
General Husbandry: Even though they can tolerate a wide spectrum of environmental conditions, they tend to do better in areas lit with bright light, and where moderate to strong water movement exists. Since they are photosynthetic, no direct feeding or special care is required; yet, they seem to do better in environments that are somewhat nutrient rich.
Placement in the aquarium can be wherever conditions favor it, but keep in mind to provide enough space between them and their neighbors!
FYI: Easily propagated from cuttings.
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: 68 - 83°F (20 - 28°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Lighting: PAR 400 - 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.