The Orange Soft Corals, in the genus, Scleronepthya, are also known as Carnation Corals, Tree Corals, Strawberry Corals, and Flower Tree Coral They resemble closely the genus Dendronephthya but are actually slightly easier to care for. They are often a deep red, orange, or pink color giving it some variations of its common name. They are some of the most stunning examples of soft coral available for the home aquarium. When inserted into a reef environment, Orange Soft Corals immediately become the centerpiece. They exhibit high levels of movement with tank currents and have bright, exuberant colors. However, these corals are not for beginner aquarists as they are a relatively difficult coral to care for. Orange Soft Corals are non-photosynthetic so they do not require high levels of light, but do require a strong current in the tank. They will eat plankton the are moving in the current but should also be direct fed specialty food for filter feeding invertebrates. The Orange Soft Coral is fickle and will only thrive in the right, aforementioned, tank environment. Be warned while housing the Orange Soft Coral with nudibranchs as some species can be harmful to the coral.
Absolutely beautiful. Exceeds my expectations. Center piece of my system.
J D Rutledge