The Yellow Polyp Finger Leather Coral is a fast growing and tolerant leather coral from Australia that does well in a wide range of aquarium conditions. An incredibly tough coral, thick, finger like stalks grow upwards from a wide, stocky base. The numerous yellow polyps give this finger leather a super fuzzy appearance. Depending on the lighting spectrum in your reef tank, the coral's polyp color's will vary from shades of yellow to a lime green.
Lighting & Flow Requirements
The Yellow Polyp Finger Leather 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. For lighting spectrum use between a 14-20K color spectrum for your bulbs for best coloration.
First allow two weeks time for the Yellow Polyp Finger Leather 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.