The Green Polyp Leather Coral is an easy to keep coral with bright neon green polyps. It is a perfect coral for the beginner reef aquarist but the amazing neon color polyps make it a favorite of even the advanced aquarist. This leather coral is of the genus Sarcophyton Coral and for this easy to keep coral other names are Mushroom leather coral, Cup leather coral, Toadstool coral, and Umbrella coral. If your interested in propagating corals, the Neon Green Polyp Leather Coral is a perfect candidate. Leather Corals are generally easy to propagate in captivity by simply cutting them into coral frags.
We aquaculture our own Green Polyp Leather Corals here at Aquarium Creations, by cutting off fragments of our mother colonies. As they grow they change shape from first a round shaped mini leather that looks like a mushroom then as it grows it takes on a more oblong shape with a more wavy appearance to the leather. After fully opening the top of the leather coral will be covered with many bright green polys approximately 1 cm or longer in length.
Lighting & Flow Requirements
The Green Polyp Leather Coral requires a moderate level of water flow and a low to moderate level of lighting. Lighting can be Power compacts, T5's, LED's or even Metal Halides. All lighting can grow Leather Corals as long as the proper level of light is provided. If a Par meter is available the appropriate lighting level is anywhere from a Par 100 all the way to a Par 250. Which is a wide range of acceptability. For lighting spectrum use between a 14-20K color spectrum for your bulbs for best coloration.
First allow two weeks time for the Green Polyp Leather Coral to adjust itself to its new reef aquarium. If desired you can mount your leather coral using a gel supper glue or a marine aquarium epoxy putty (which is the same as plumbers epoxy putty found in hardware stores). When deciding placement only consider a location providing moderate water current and low to moderate lighting level. Also be certain to leave enough room around your corals that they have room for growth without infringing on another corals growing room or lighting.
Diet and Feeding
Leather corals receive the majority of the nutritional requirements through the process of photosynthesis, which simply means their lighting creates symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae in the body of the leather coral which provides its nutrition. We do recommend providing supplemental food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.
Most leather corals go through a natural process of cleansing, once in a while. Leather corals will shrink smaller and the outer skin will look strange as it sloth's itself off, shedding the top layer as it cleanses itself. Leathers may remain closed from just a few days to even a week or longer depending on the aquarium flow and other conditions, but they will reopen larger and even more beautiful than they were before.
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