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Leather - Cabbage
Sinularia dura
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 3-6 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Medium Light - Medium Flow
Origin: Indonesia
Acclimation Time: Temperature Acclimate
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
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The Cabbage Leather is also commonly known as flower leather coral, or carpet coral, or flat leather coral. It is named thus since its lobed appearance resembles a cabbage leaf. The Cabbage Leather is semi aggressive and needs a space between itself and other corals. It is an easy-to-maintain coral, something that makes it a very good choice for a beginner aquarist. Some are toxic to stony corals and thus need to be kept at a distance from other corals. The Cabbage Leather requires medium to high lighting requirement combined with moderate to strong water movement. It looks great under actinic light, when its fluorescent effect comes to action. Its presence makes a beautiful addition to any reef tank by adding a stunning splash of color. The Cabbage Leather requires additional supplements of strontium, iodine, and other elements to the water for its growth and development. It is an encrusting coral and reproduces easily on its own in the reef aquarium by splitting off a portion of its base. The Cabbage Leather also has zooxanthellae dwelling inside its tissue which manufactures food using light energy. Although it is photosynthetic, feeding it additional foods such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates, helps it thrive well in the community. The Cabbage Leather grows well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.1-8.4. Like all other leather corals, it also goes through phases when it shrinks by shedding its outer coat, which removes any built up detritus on the surface and the coral is then renewed. During its shedding, a toxin called terenoids is said to be released, which harms other corals. Therefore a strong chemical filtration should be applied to your aquarium.

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