Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: East China Sea, Japan, Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and the Solomon Islands.
Natural Environment: Inhabits lagoons and reef slopes protected from strong wave action and is seen at depths between 6 to 65 feet (2 - 20 m).
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade and generally having a pinkish, eraser-like tip on the end of each fuzzy looking branch, which is overall usually blue to purplish.
Placement in aquariums should be where it will receive direct strong light that should total about 6 hours per day along with moderate water movement.
Even though fully capable of producing all its nutritional needs via photosynthesis, plankton-like foodstuffs fed occasionally may be beneficial/promote quicker growth.
FYI: Cultured frags widely available and in many cases, with intensity of color/colors depending greatly on the lighting/water quality conditions of the culturing areas.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Diet: Photosynthetic/Plankton feeder
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: 72 - 82°F (22 - 27°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Lighting: PAR 400+
Water Movement: WM 2
Specific Gravity: 1.023 - 1.025
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
Iodine/Trace Elements Monitor/as necessary to maintain quality seawater.