Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Widespread.
Natural Environment: Inhabits fairly shallow soft sand and coral rubble zones on reef slopes and lagoon flats, and interconnected sandy reef areas protected from strong wave motion and usually seen at depths between 3 - 100 feet (1 - 30 m).
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade.
Best placed on sandy or course substrate in areas receiving bright light and gentle to moderate water movement. Since they are not aggressive corals, they can touch other corals without inflecting damage. However, the same may not be true for the species it is near or touching! Therefore, provide sufficient distance between it and possible aggressive corals in the aquarium. Keep in mind this coral is capable of moving by itself, so keep a wary eye as to its location in your aquarium.
Since this is a photosynthetic stony and very capable of generating its own food supply, there are no special feeding requirements. Nevertheless, small pieces of marine fish/shrimp flesh can occasionally be offered this species, and should be placed near its centrally located mouth. If this does not trigger a feeding response, remove the offered morsel. Occasional feeding would be once a week, however, I've personally found it not necessary to hand feed, as this coral seems to do very well without any special assistance from the hobbyist.
FYI: Normally takes a somewhat flat 'tongue-like' shape with rounded ends, however, is sometimes found in Y, T, or X shaped forms due to regenerating areas from damage. Tentacles are only extended at night. Can attain a meter in length, and has numerous centrally located mouths along its length. Depending upon location the species can be pale to dark brown, sometimes a greenish color.
Depending upon the origin of the specimen, it can be pale to dark brown, sometimes a greenish color.
Experience Level: Beginner
Diet: Photosynthetic/Plankton feeder
Aquarium Environment: Reef or fish-only aquarium
Coral Safe: With caution
Fish Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: With caution
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: 74 - 83°F (23 - 28°C)
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Lighting: PAR 300 - 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.