Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean
Natural Environment: Inhabits coastal shore and reef slope rubble areas experiencing good clear and turbid water movement.
General Husbandry: Grows similar to Colt Coral, however, has a dry feel to its tissue, not the slimy feel associated with Colt Coral. Can reach heights of about 18 inches (45 cm).
Does not usually require hand feeding, as its nutrient requirements are met with nutrient absorption from surrounding waters and photosynthesis. However, occasionally feeding microplankton-like foods may somewhat enhance growth.
Because of its ability to produce certain offensive chemicals that may negatively affect other species of corals, the inclusion of activated carbon in the filtration system is highly recommended.
FYI: May have been formally called Nephteidae arboreum or Lemnalia africana with its common name being 'African Tree.'
Easily propagated from cuttings.
Experience Level: Beginner
Diet: Photosynthetic/Absorption feeder/Plankton feeder
Temperament: Slightly aggressive
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe:With caution
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderate
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 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.