The Lobed Leather Coral is a soft coral, which is very easy to maintain and therefore quite popular among all marine aquarium hobbyists. As it grows it develops a folded appearance. The Lobed Leather Coral is basically peaceful and requires adequate space between them and other corals. It is very easy to propagate and that makes it a very good choice for a beginner. The Lobed Leather Coral comes in a variety of colors and can add a splash of colors to your home tank. It is non-aggressive towards other invertebrates and reproduces asexually by fission. The Lobed Leather Coral thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.10-8.40. It requires medium to high lighting requirement and medium to strong water flow in the marine aquarium. The flow of the water should be regulated properly since the Lobed Leather Coral sheds its mucous coating, but less than other corals. It can be placed anywhere in the tank, and needs ample space to expand itself in the tank. The Lobed Leather Coral might secrete toxins that may be harmful for some stony corals in your marine aquarium so proper filtration is necessary. The Lobed Leather Coral derives its nutrition from the zooxanthellae that dwells inside its tissue, and performs photosynthesis. For its continued good health, it can also be fed with baby brine shrimps, meaty bits, zooplankton and phytoplankton, along with some trace elements such as strontium and iodine.
Leather Corals live in the shallow waters of Tropical Seas & Oceans in all parts of the world, and inhabit Reef Slopes and Lagoons. Leathers will go through a phase when they shrink their Polyps, and secrete a layer of mucus on their body, to be shed later. The mucus coat prevents any algal growth on Leather Corals. Moderate flow must be provided to help them shed this mucus layer or it can suffocate the coral.Leather Corals are moderately hardy creatures, which make them interesting additions to your tank due to their unique fleshy body and colors, especially Browns and Grays. Leather Corals do not have an exoskeleton and their skin has a tough, leathery touch.These easy to care for corals are great for the beginner and do not require high lighting. They do need moderate light and moderate flow.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member fcatch76