Carnation Coral (Dendronephthya sp.)
Family: Nephtheidae (Octocorals)
Habitat: Found upside-down under overhangs, or on reef slopes with strong current
Light: Medium Water Flow: High Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Nutrient uptake from the seawater and feeding on microplankton.
Natural History: Dendronephthya are some of the most brightly colored corals on the reef. They have nonretractile polyps and their sclerites extend outside beyond the polyps. They are universally found in high flow areas and feed on algal microplankton in the water. Sweeper tentacles have been observed in this genus. They produce toxins to deter predation. Large colonies may exceed 8 inches in height.
Husbandry: Carnation Corals are very difficult to keep in captivity and often collapase immediately after introduction to an aquarium. They may be harmed by high excessively bright light. They require constant feeding with zooplankton and phytoplankton to survive in captivity.
AKA: Cauliflower Soft Coral, Tree Coral, Strawberry Soft Coral
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