Likely Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Madagascar, Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, New Caledonia, and Great Barrier Reef.
Natural Environment: Inhabits a wide range of reef environments and usually seen at depths between 3 to 100 feet (1 - 30 m).
General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade and highly aggressive!
Placement should not be within 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) of another coral. After the lights go out it extends long sweeper tentacles (3 inches (7.5 cm)), sometimes only acrorhagi or mesenterial filaments, that can kill or severely sting any animal it touches/close by/downstream.
Best placed where it will receive bright light and very good water movement.
Capable of producing its nutritional needs via photosynthesis, yet benefits from once or twice a week feedings of various plankton-like foods, such as Oyster eggs, cyclops, baby brine shrimp, Spirulina, enriched adult brine and mysis shrimp.
Maricultured specimens available.
FYI: In the wild, has extensive growths of irregular shaped somewhat flattened branches and generally cream or green.
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: 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 400 - 500+
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.