The Neon Green Cabbage Leather Coral is a winner both under daytime aquarium light or blue evening lights. Its a neon green under both white light which is rare to find, and under the night time actinic blue lighting this Neon leather glows, a sure show stopper. This leather is different in that it stays fairly low along the rock work, as it grows. When fully open there are short length polyps approximately 1/4" in length.
Lighting & Flow Requirements
Requires a moderate to high level of water flow and a moderate to high level of lighting. Lighting can be Power compacts, T5's, LED's or even Metal Halides. All lighting will grow Leather Corals as long as the proper level or strength of light is provided. Best lighting spectrum to use is between a 14-10K color spectrum for your bulbs for best coral coloration.
First allow two weeks time for the The Toadstool 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.