Kenya Tree coral is a great coral species if you are just starting out or are just starting to get interested in fragging corals (coral propagation). The Kenya Tree, Capnella sp., is a hardy soft coral species that is tolerant of a range of living conditions, which makes it great for beginner aquarists. In terms of color, this rapidly growing soft coral species is generally available as a brown to golden to pinkish colony and in the more rare find a glowing green coloration. Kenya Tree is also sometimes called Capnella coral, Cauliflower coral, Nephthea coral, or Nephthya coral. As its name implies, the Kenya Tree Coral is shaped like a tree with a thick trunk and beautiful branches. A leather coral from the Indo Pacific regions of the world. It is known to be a quick grower given proper lighting and good water flow. Kenya Tree Corals will grow back from the tiniest little bit of flesh left behind and holds fast to any substrate to which it attaches. Like most “Leather” corals, Kenya Tree corals will routinely shed a “mucous tunic” to clear itself of algae, debris, etc. This is generally observed by the colony closing for a period of hours to a few days, followed by a shedding of a thin clear film that may take one to several days to complete. Colonies kept in higher flow areas will “shed” less often.
Lighting & Flow Requirements
The Kenya Tree requires a moderate to strong water flow and tends to do very well under various types of reef tank lighting. Lighting can be Power compacts, T5's, LED's or even Metal Halides. All lighting can grow the Kenya Tree Coral 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 coral coloration.
Diet and Feeding
Although the Kenya Tree Coral receives a portion of its 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, the Kenya Tree Coral relies less on the process of photosynthesis, and depends more on obtaining outside food. Microplankton, marine snow, and dissolved materials should make up the bulk of its diet. We do recommend providing supplemental food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.