Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Thick Finger Leather Coral
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Thick Finger Leather Coral
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Thick Finger Leather Coral (Sinularia spp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Green, Tan
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Origin Aquacultured, Tonga
Family Alcyoniidae
Lighting High
Supplements Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Waterflow Medium to Strong
Placement Bottom to Middle
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Overview

The Thick Finger Leather Coral is referred to as Sinularia Coral, Finger Leather, or Trough Corals. They are found in various shades of brown 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 Thick 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. The more plain Sinularia Leather Corals from Idonesia are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist. Thin Finger 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.

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.

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 micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.

It is normally shipped attached to a small piece of live rock or rubble.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7"

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