About the Long Polyp Leather Coral
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Filter Feeder
Minimum Tank Size: 10 Gallons
Lighting: Moderate to High
Item Size: 2-3 inch established frag
The long polyp leather coral is a mushroom shaped soft coral with long flowing polyps with tan colored stalks topped by white star shaped polyps.
Soft Corals which are also known as Alcyonacea, is an order of corals which do not produce calcium carbonate skeletons, but instead have spiny skeletal elements called sclerites which give these corals some degree of support while giving their exterior a grainy or spike like texture that deters potential predators. They can also be found in a variety of unique shapes and beautiful colors.
Many Soft Corals will thrive in nutrient-rich waters and do not require intense amounts of light, making them extremely hardy. Almost all Soft Corals use symbiotic photosynthesizing zooxanthella as a major energy source, but will also readily eat any free floating food, such as zooplankton from the water column.