The Leather Cladiella coral is a wonderful choice for the beginners who are just beginning to add coral to their saltwater aquarium. It is most commonly known by other name such as Blushing Coral, Cladiella Finger Leather Coral, Cauliflower Coral, Young Soft Coral, Young Blushing Finger Leather Coral, Colt Coral and Young Finger Leather Coral. The Leather Cladiella adapts very well and react the best with moderate lighting and water movements. In fact, it is widely known for its adaptable nature. The Leather Cladiella has a white or cream color body with tan or brown polyps with short thick branches. They appear quite bushy when they expand its polyps and lumpy when they are contracted. The Leather Cladiella is aggressive in nature and hence requires an ample amount of space between itself and others in the aquarium. Moreover due to its aggressive nature, they require moderate care. They are relatively hardy and require an ideal temperature of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit and a maintained pH between 8.10-8.40 in a moderate flow of water. The Leather Cladiella gets its nutrition from the photosynthetic activity of the algae, zooxanthellae and alternatively eats other animals carnivorous in its feeding nature. They feed upon acellular marine planktons and other minuscule marine invertebrates such as Mysis Shrimp. Leather Cladiella breeds easily compared to other marine invertebrates. They undergo fragmentation to multiply and can easily be propagated in captivity. They are reef safe and can be placed anywhere in a marine aquarium.
Corals are part of a biological group known as Cnidaria. Most Cnidaria have a mouth,or mouths, that opens into one big body cavity. Due to the lack of a true digestivesystem, this cavity acts in its place and after the food is broken down thenutrients are then sent through the rest of the body as food. There is also noexcretory system; therefore the waste is sent back through the mouth or secretedinto the surrounding water.Tentacles of varying size will usually surround the mouth of Cnidaria. Most Cnidariahave tentacles with stinging cells that can shoot tiny poison darts into their preyor can even be used as a defense mechanism. Some corals lack tentacles and insteadcover themselves with a thin layer of mucus and use that to collect bacteria andplankton as food. Some corals even use both of these methods. Cnidaria can either bean individual animal or members of a complex colony. These "Colony Corals" share thefood and nutrients taken in by each individual.Corals have tiny living organisms that actually live in their tissue. These arecalled zooxanthellae and they are the reason why such strong lighting is needed inthe saltwater aquarium. These algae-like creatures provide the coral with oxygen andother nutrients that are produced during photosynthesis. During this process, thezooxanthellae take up carbon dioxide and provide nutrients to the coral.Corals can use two different types of defense mechanisms. One of which is a sweepertentacle wherein the coral reaches its tentacles out to try to damage another coralwith nematocysts. The other is when the coral releases a minute amount of toxin intothe water to poison another coral within certain proximity.