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Leather Corals and Soft Coral

Leather corals and other soft corals, are a great start for the beginner marine aquarist graduating from fish to invertebrate to full-blown-reef enthusiast. Many readily available species are easy to keep with great success. Most are tolerant toward aquarium conditions, relatively inexpensive, and more easily cared for than the small or large polyp true or stony corals. All of the species rely on currents to bring them their food , oxygen, and carry away their wastes. The best circulation arrangements involve wavemaking strategies that periodically vary the direction and intensity of water movements.
Aquacultured
Long Polyp Leather Coral

Sarcophyton sp
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Aquacultered The Long Polyp Leather Coral is an aquacultured leather coral of the Sarcophyton family. The polyps of different Leather Coral varieties can have different length tentacles, with stalks of different lengths, or no stalks at all. The Long Polyp Leather Coral is a mushroom shaped leather with VERY long flowing polyps. The body is various shades of brown, with long flowing polyps topped in white or golden. This is a fast growing hardy coral that will adapt quickly to most tank conditions. The Long Polyp Leather coral is cultured by cutting off a piece of the parent's crown and attaching it to a frag plug with thread, string or glue.

Care Level Easy

Aquacultured
Green Polyp Leather Coral

Sarcophyton sp
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Aquacultered We aquaculture our own Green Polyp Leather Coral 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.


Care Level Easy

Aquacultured
Loco Lobo Leather Coral

Lobophytum sp.
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Aquacultered The Loco Lobo Leather Coral is a recent release. This stunning specimen is unique for its "insanely" yellow colored polyps. It is very difficult to identify the exact species because there's a lot of variation within the genus. It is very difficult to almost impossible to differentiate between the Sarcophyton species, and the Lobophytum species. Loco Lobo is a Devil’s Hand coral with pronounced star shaped yellowish polyps. The thick, cushiony body of this lobophytum makes it a much more substantial soft coral. The captive culturing of this soft coral has helped decrease the adjustment time to new systems making it more likely to open up quickly after shipping.
Care Level Easy
Aquacultured Neon Green
Spaghetti Leather Coral

Sinularis Flexibillis
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Aquacultered The Aquacultured Neon Green Spaghetti Leather Coral is a great looking, easy to care for soft coral that does well in pretty much any reef setup. The Spaghetti Finger Leather Coral is a cultured finger type leather with a large number of very long strands of leather. Also called a Rasta Leather Coral, it is one of the favorite leather corals for the reef aquarium. This aquacultured variety is a green to neon green color and has a highly branching form which is covered in tiny polyps. Spaghetti Finger Leather Corals grow fairly quickly given all its needs are met. Larger specimens are more "branchy" than smaller ones and make an impressive display with pulsing water movement.

Care Level Easy

Aquacultured
Yellow Polyp Finger Leather

Sinularia sp.
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Aquacultered We aquaculture our own Yellow Polyp Finger Leather Corals here at Aquarium Creations, by cutting off fragments of our mother colonies. An incredibly tough coral. Thick, finger like stalks grow upwards from a wide, stocky base. The numerous yellow polyps give this coral a very fuzzy appearance. Depending on the lighting spectrum used, the colors can vary from shades of yellow to a light green. Fast growing and tolerant of a wide range of aquarium conditions.


Care Level Easy

Aquacultured
Blue Devils Finger Leather

Lobophytum sp.
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Aquacultered Aquacultured by cutting off fragments of the 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 thick finger appearance to the leather.The Blue Devils Finger Leathers thick, cushiony body makes it a much more substantial soft coral. The captive culturing of this soft coral has helped decrease the adjustment time to new systems making it more likely to open up and polyp quickly after shipping.


Care Level Easy

Yellow Toadstool
Mushroom Leather Coral

Sarcophyton sp.
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Description The Yellow Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral is referred to as Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, or Trough Corals. Smaller Yellow Toadstool Leather Corals are shaped like a mushroom, however as they grow larger they will take on an interesting folded appearance. When fully open, the tops of these toadstool leather corals are covered with numerous polyps about 1 cm in length. It is difficult to identify many species because they all have the similar appearance of a mushroom or toadstool, each with a distinct stalk and capitulum (cap). As they grow older, they develop a folded appearance. The Yellow Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral is relatively peaceful, but adequate space should be provided between them and other corals in the reef aquarium. Sarcophyton Leather Corals are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist. Yellow Toadstool Leather Corals require medium to high lighting combined with medium to strong water movement. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.

Care Level Easy

Japanese Green Polyp
Toadstool Leather Coral, Cultured

Sarcophyton sp.
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Description The Neon Green Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral from Japan is referred to as a Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, or Trough Corals. We aquaculture Japanese Leather Corals at Aquarium Creations by cutting off a piece of the parent's crown and attaching it to a frag plug with string or glue. They have brilliant neon green polyps. It is difficult to identify many species because they all have the similar appearance of a mushroom or toadstool, each with a distinct stalk and capitulum (cap). As they grow older, they develop a folded appearance. Toadstool Mushroom Leather Corals are relatively peaceful, but adequate space should be provided between them and other corals in the reef aquarium. Sarcophyton Leather Corals are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist.



Care Level Easy

Toadstool
Mushroom Leather Coral

Sarcophyton sp.
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Description The Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral is referred to as Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, or Trough Corals. They are found in various shades of brown, tan or green, with white or gold polyps. It is difficult to identify many species because they all have the similar appearance of a mushroom or toadstool, each with a distinct stalk and capitulum (cap). As they grow older, they develop a folded appearance. The Toadstool Mushroom Leather Corals are relatively peaceful, but adequate space should be provided between them and other corals in the reef aquarium. Sarcophyton Leather Corals are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist. Toadstool Leathers require medium to high lighting combined with medium to strong water movement. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.



Care Level Easy

Pink Colt Coral
Aquacultured

Cladiella sp.
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Description The Pink Colt Coral, Cladiella sp. is a popular and easy care leather coral. It has projections resembling fingers that are round to cone-shaped, and stubby. These thick finger-like projections branch upward from a very short, pale white stalk. The very slippery to the touch Colt coral is also called the Cauliflower Colt Coral, Stubby Finger Leather Coral, Blushing Coral, Finger-Tip Cladiella, and Seaman's Hand Coral. They are not very sensitive to handling as many soft corals are, and are easy to propagate. On a scale of 1-10, difficulty of care is a 2!!! A most popular coral because of it's beauty and hardiness, It is very easy to maintain and that makes it an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist. The Cladiella genus is peaceful toward other soft corals but grows quickly, so be sure to provide plenty of room for growth.

Care Level Easy

Red Chili Coral
Alcyonium palmatus
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Description One of the only corals available to the aquarium trade in a bright red color. Beautiful and manageable in size, Red Chili Coral is a great addition for the reef aquarium hobbyists from beginner to advanced level. Also Known as the Strawberry Coral, they are a real beauty and simple to keep. Chili Coral is found on the reef slopes or lagoons of the Indo-Pacific region. Water movement is strong in these areas. The Alcyonium species anchors itself to a hard surface in shady regions of reef slopes or lagoons. Chili Coral forms small colonies. The Alcyonium species is nocturnal in its habit and spreads its polyps at night.


Care Level Easy

Neon Green Cabbage
Leather Coral, Aquacultured

Sinularia brassica
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Description The Neon Green Cabbage Leather Coral brightens up any reef with a memorizing neon green glow. Cabbage leathers differ from Toadstool leathers in that the Neon Green Cabbage Leather Coral does not grow a long stalk like a Toadstool leather. Cabbage leathers stay along the rock work as they grow larger. When fully open, the Neon Green Cabbage Leather, like the Toadstool Leather, polyps up with beautiful short length polyps up to approximately 3 mm in length. When fully open the tops of these leather corals are covered with numerous short polyps about 3mm in length.



Care Level Easy
Green Kenya Tree Coral
Aquacultured

Capnella sp.
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Description Green 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 coral, 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 golden/pink colony and in the more rare glowing green coloration. Green Kenya Tree is also sometimes called are called Green Capnella, Cauliflower coral,Green Nephthea, or Green Nephthya. 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, Capnella 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 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.

Care Level Easy

Kenya Tree Coral
Aquacultured

Capnella sp
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Description 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.

Care Level Easy

Devils Hand Finger
Leather Coral, Assorted Cultured

Lobophytum sp.
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Description The Devil's Finger Coral Lobophytum sp. is a very easy coral to care for and to propagate. They produce less mucous, and are more forgiving than other leather corals. The great variety of color and shape that this genus has can offer make it a desired coral for even the advanced aquarist. The stalks of the Devil's Finger Coral are fat and short, with compact "heads" or clusters at the top of the coral. These clusters are crowded together, tending to fold or create finger-like extensions or lobes. Thus the common names include Finger Leather Corals, Lobed Leather Coral, Thick Finger Coral, Devil's Hand Coral, and Cabbage Leather Coral.








Care Level Easy
Green Hard Finger Leather Coral
Aquacultured

Sinularia sp.
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Description The Green Hard Finger Leather Coral (Sinularia sp.) are another very hardy coral making them a very good choice for people that are new to the hobby. Not only is the Hard Finger Leather an easy and durable leather coral but it is also visually stunning as well. While their polyps are retracted they appear smooth, but when they are distended, they often appear nearly fuzzy. It really is neat to see them all smooth when the lights come on in the morning, and watch as they extend their polyps for a day of feeding. They often react quite quickly and extend polyps and maximize size when I feed them my "free invert food." (See our articles.)

Care Level Easy


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