The Mushroom Finger Leather Coral is referred to as Sinularia
Coral, Finger Leather, or Trough Corals. They are found in various shades of green and brown, with white or gold polyps. Sinularia Leather Corals from Fiji are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist.
Mushroom Finger Leather Corals are relatively peaceful, but adequate space should be provided between them and other corals in the reef aquarium. Some can produce toxins which are harmful to other reef inhabitants.
Mushroom Finger Leather Corals require high lighting combined with medium to strong water movement. The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provides the majority of its nutritional needs from the light driven process of photosynthesis. It will also benefit from additional food such as microplankton,
baby brine shrimp, or
food designed for filter feeding invertebrates. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of
strontium, and other
trace elements to the water.
Culturing by the experienced hobbyist is often accomplished by cutting off a portion of the Coral's branches and attaching that piece to live rock or placing it in the sandy bottom of the reef aquarium.
It is normally shipped attached to a small piece of live rock or rubble. The Maricultured Corals is mounted to a natural “rock like” plug that can be placed easily and securely in or between rockwork in the reef aquarium.
Approximate Purchase Size: Tiny: Less Than 1-1/2"; Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4" ; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/4" ; Large: 3-1/2" to 5"