Dendronephthya: Carnation Coral feeds almost exclusively on phytoplankton, and requires both a steady supply of phytoplankton and sufficient flow to carry the food to its polyps. The addition of phytoplankton is also a benefit to rotifer populations that may be consumed by corals. Dendronephthya are easily one of the most beautiful soft corals in the ocean. They come in a spectacular range of colors and flourish below underhangs and caves.
Acanthastrea rely to a large extent on the products of their zooxanthellae, however, in our experience, they also benefit from direct feeding. There are a variety of frozen fish foods available that make outstanding meals for Acanthastrea. We like to feed a mixture of meaty foods such as shrimp, fish, and squid with vitamin additives and highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA). The size of the food must be small enough that the polyp can fully ingest it. (Rainbow Acan)
Capnella: Kenya Tree Leather: Islands of the Indopacific including Fiji,Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. It does not require as much light as some other corals. It can be kept under normal output fluorescents without much difficulty. In some cases, it may extend more readily under subdued lighting, however it may display more attractive colors when placed under stronger lighting. Capnella relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae but also may feed on…
Clavularia: Clove Polyps- Clavularia relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae but also may feed on phytoplankton and similarly sized microfauna in the water column. This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. It is reasonable to believe that a sustainable harvest can be achieved in time.
Pachyclavularia : Star Polyps. Pachyclavularia relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae but also may feed on phytoplankton and similarly sized microfauna in the water column. This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. It is reasonable to believe that a sustainable harvest can be achieved in time.
Cladiella (Colt Coral) will periodically retract its polyps and form a waxy film. This shrunken state may last a couple weeks before the film is shed and the polyps reextend. We believe this shedding is a healthy process that Cladiella employ to prevent nuisance algae from growing on it. This process can be aided by greater circulation around the coral. It has been shown that these soft corals release toxins that may damage more sensitive stony corals.
Waving Hand Anthelia: Medium to high lighting would serve this species well. Anthelia can be kept under high output fluorescent bulbs, but may benefit from more intense lighting. It will likely change its coloration depending on the lighting provided. Anthelia may require a longer acclimation period to intense lighting such as metal halides. We recommend keeping the coral in a relatively low flow area of the reef display.