The Green Toadstool Leather is named due to its resemblance with mushrooms or toadstools, each with a distinct stalk and capitulum. It is relatively peaceful in nature, and should be provided with ample space between it and other corals. The Green Toadstool Leather does not have any hard exoskeleton like large polyped and small polyped stony corals. If the Green Toadstool Leather is provided with ample amount of light, good filtration and moderate flow, it becomes adaptable to aquarium conditions. The Green Toadstool is advised to be used only by the at least intermediate aquarists. The Green Toadstool Leather is very easy to grow and propagate in captivity, and therefore makes a valuable addition to any reef tank. It features a vibrant green color that adds a splash of green into the aquarium. Additional supplements of Iodine, and strontium has been proved beneficial for its growth. The Green Toadstool Leather needs a brightly lit area where it undergoes photosynthesis, and the zooxanthellae living inside their tissue manufactures the food using light energy. But it gets benefit from additional food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates. The Toadstool Leather has a unique feature of self cleaning mechanism that keeps out the harmful algae from growing on its surface, and is mainly done at the time of transporting. Often, the Green Toadstool Leather releases toxin in the water that can inhibit the growth of some delicate corals, but a proper chemical filtration can lessen up this effect on hard coral growth. It may remain closed for several weeks and once it gets acclimatized to the environment, it opens up beautifully. It can be visualized best under actinic light, which helps in reflecting the shades of its beautiful green.
The Toadstool Leather is a very easy to keep species that will grow quite readily in the home aquarium. Their shape is similar to a mushroom or plateau, with an extended stalk and curved crown. Numerous polyps will extend from the crown under the right conditions.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 digestive system, this cavity acts in its place and after the food is broken down the nutrients are then sent through the rest of the body as food. There is also no excretory system; therefore the waste is sent back through the mouth or secreted into the surrounding water.Tentacles of varying size will usually surround the mouth of Cnidaria. Most Cnidaria have tentacles with stinging cells that can shoot tiny poison darts into their prey or can even be used as a defense mechanism. Some corals lack tentacles and instead cover themselves with a thin layer of mucus and use that to collect bacteria and plankton as food. Some corals even use both of these methods. Cnidaria can either be an individual animal or members of a complex colony. These "Colony Corals" share the food and nutrients taken in by each individual.Corals have tiny living organisms that actually live in their tissue. These are called zooxanthellae and they are the reason why such strong lighting is needed in the saltwater aquarium. These algae-like creatures provide the coral with oxygen and other nutrients that are produced during photosynthesis. During this process, the zooxanthellae take up carbon dioxide and provide nutrients to the coral.Corals can use two different types of defense mechanisms. One of which is a sweeper tentacle wherein the coral reaches its tentacles out to try to damage another coral with nematocysts. The other is when the coral releases a minute amount of toxin into the water to poison another coral within certain proximity.