The Thick Finger Leather Coral is a soft coral, which is very easy to maintain and is therefore quite popular species among all the marine aquarium hobbyists. As it grows it develops to a folded appearance. The Thick Finger Leather Coral is basically peaceful, and requires adequate space between them and other corals. It makes a very good choice for a beginner. The Thick Finger Leather Coral comes in variety of colors that can add a splash of colors into your home tank. It is non-aggressive towards other invertebrates, and it reproduces asexually by fission. The Thick Finger 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, and medium to strong water flow in the marine aquarium. The flow of the water should be regulated properly since the Thick Finger Leather Coral sheds its mucous coating. It can be placed anywhere in the tank, but needs ample space to expand itself in the tank. The Thick Finger Leather Coral might secrete toxins that may be harmful for some stony corals in your marine aquarium. The Thick Finger Leather Coral derives its nutrition from the zooxanthellae that dwells inside its tissue, and performs photosynthesis. For its continued health, it can also be fed with baby brine shrimp, meaty bits, zooplankton and phytoplankton, along with some traces 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.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.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member: oneradtek