Colt & Leather Coral Photo Gallery

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    Colt & Leather Coral Photo

    Colt Coral
    Colt Coral. Chris Young

    These popular soft corals are often kept by beginning reefers both because of their beauty and because they are among the easiest corals to keep in a saltwater aquarium. Here are photos of a collection of Family Alcyoniidae - Genera Alcyonium, Cladiella, Lobophytum, Sarcophyton, and Sinularia corals. These are species commonly named Colt - Devil's Hand - Toadstool - and Finger, Encrusting, Lobed, Knobby, Flexible, Flat, Trough, Cabbage, Mushroom Leather Corals.

     

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    Toadstool Coral & Fire Clownfish

    Toadstool Coral & Fire Clownfish
    Toadstool Coral & Fire Clownfish. Debbie Hauter

    The Fire Clownfish in this photo refused to host any Anemone that we put in our 92g reef tank, but she sure loved this Toadstool Coral and would defend it to the death. The Toadstool would skin over, then shed every 2 months or so and it would drive the Fire Clownfish crazy when she couldn't nestle in the Toadstool's tentacles.

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    Colt Coral

    Colt Coral
    Colt Coral. Cathy Flory

    Another common name for this coral is Finger Leather Coral. It is the Family Alcyoniidae and the Genus Cladiella sp.

    Finger Leather and Colt Corals are hardy and adaptable to most conditions of light levels and water movement. Most Finger Leather and Colt Corals are found at mid-water levels in the ocean, so moderate light and current levels are optimal for them in captivity. These corals are safe with fish, crustaceans and motile invertebrates. Using a highly-developed mucus capture and...MORE transport system, these corals derive nutrients by collecting and ingesting particulate matter suspended in the water around them, and from their zooxanthellae.

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    Colt Coral

    Colt Coral
    Colt Coral. Brenda

    Using a highly-developed mucus capture and transport system, these corals derive nutrients by collecting and ingesting particulate matter suspended in the water around them, and from their zooxanthellae.

     

     

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    Colt Coral

    Colt Coral
    Colt Coral. Rachael Kanauff

    Colt and Leather Corals are considered to be Good Beginner Corals due to their forgiving nature.

     

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    Finger Leather Coral

    Finger Leather Coral
    Finger Leather Coral. Martin Hehman

    Other Common Names: Finger Leather Coral
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Possible Lobophytum

     

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    Finger Leather Coral

    Finger Leather Coral
    Finger Leather Coral. Steve Atkinson

    Other Common Names: Finger Leather Coral
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Possible Alcyonium sp.

     

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    Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)

    Leather Coral
    Leather Coral. Diogo Lopes

    Other Common Names: Toadstool Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Trough Coral.
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Sarcophyton sp.

    Sarcophyton corals tolerate a wide variety of lighting levels and are very adaptive to aquarium life. They tolerate most water currents, but do not prefer strong water movement. Sarcophytons shed a surface layer of dead waxy tissue, a method of removing accumulated waste, debris and algae.

     

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    Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)

    Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)
    Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.). TampaReefChick

    Other Common Names: Toadstool Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Trough Coral.
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Sarcophyton sp.

    Sarcophyton corals tolerate a wide variety of lighting levels and are very adaptive to aquarium life. They tolerate most water currents, but do not prefer strong water movement. Sarcophytons shed a surface layer of dead waxy tissue, a method of removing waste and accumulated waste, debris and algae.

     

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    Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)

    Leather Coral
    Leather Coral. Peggy Nelson

    Other Common Names: Toadstool Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Trough Coral.
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Sarcophyton sp.

    Sarcophyton corals tolerate a wide variety of lighting levels and are very adaptive to aquarium life. They tolerate most water currents, but do not prefer strong water movement. Sarcophytons shed a surface layer of dead waxy tissue, a method of removing waste and accumulated waste, debris and algae.

     

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    Pink Mushroom Leather Coral

    Pink Mushroom Leather Coral
    Pink Mushroom Leather Coral. Phyllis Daniels

    Other Common Names: Toadstool Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Trough Coral.
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Sarcophyton sp.

    Once a Sarcophyton coral has shed what could be described as a layer of "old skin", it's not unusual for it to appear larger and more magnificent than before.

     

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    Yellow Leather Coral

    Yellow Leather Coral
    Yellow Leather Coral. Chris Young

    Other Common Names: Toadstool Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Trough Coral.
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Sarcophyton sp.

    Sarcophyton corals tolerate a wide variety of lighting levels and are very adaptive to aquarium life. They tolerate most water currents, but do not prefer strong water movement. Sarcophytons shed a surface layer of dead waxy tissue, a method of removing waste and accumulated waste, debris and algae.

     

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    Yellow Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)

    Yellow Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)
    Yellow Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.). R. Tebben

    Other Common Names: Toadstool Coral, Mushroom Leather Coral, Trough Coral.
    Family: Alcyoniidae | Genus: Sarcophyton sp.

    Sarcophyton corals tolerate a wide variety of lighting levels and are very adaptive to aquarium life. They tolerate most water currents, but do not prefer strong water movement.

     

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    Leather Corals (Sinularia abrupta)

    Leather Corals (Sinularia abrupta)
    Leather Corals (Sinularia abrupta). Keoki Stender

    Common names include: Cabbage Leather Coral, Finger Leather Coral, Knobby Leather Coral, Flexible Leather Coral and Flat Leather Coral.

    Sinularia Corals are tolerant of different light and current levels, but prefer bright light and moderate to high current. Some species are extremely toxic and can poison hard corals in an aquarium. Some species contain a strong neurotoxin which can affect humans.

     

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    Colt Coral

    Colt Coral
    Colt Coral. Chris Young

    Finger Leather and Colt Corals are hardy and adaptable to most conditions of light levels and water movement. Most Finger Leather and Colt Corals are found at mid-water levels in the ocean, so moderate light and current levels are optimal for them in captivity. These corals are safe with fish, crustaceans and motile invertebrates.

     

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    Leather Coral (Sinularia abrupta)

    Leather Coral (Sinularia abrupta)
    Leather Coral (Sinularia abrupta). Keoki Stender

    Common names include: Cabbage Leather Coral, Finger Leather Coral, Knobby Leather Coral, Flexible Leather Coral and Flat Leather Coral.

    Sinularia Corals are tolerant of different light and current levels, but prefer bright light and moderate to high current. Some species are extremely toxic and can poison hard corals in an aquarium. Some species contain a strong neurotoxin which can affect humans.