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Yellow Fiji Leather Coral
(Sarcophyton elegans)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Waterflow: Medium
Placement: All
Lighting: Medium to High
Color Form: Yellow, Tan, Brown, Green
Supplements: Iodine, Strontium, Trace elements
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Alcyoniidae
Species: Soft Corals
Species Information
The Yellow Fiji Leather Coral, or as it is sometimes referred to the Sarcophyton elegans Coral can be found in multiple shades of yellow ranging from a pale yellowish tan color to a darker yellow orange coloration. Unlike other Sarcophyton corals, it does not grow an extended stalk, instead, The Yellow Fiji Leather Coral grows close to the rockwork, and will develop beautiful ruffles around the edges with time.
The Yellow Fiji Leather Coral does take some care to house properly within the marine aquarium environment, with relatively high intensity lighting and medium water flow required. However, the Yellow Fiji Leather Coral will do well in almost any location within the aquarium, which makes it easier to fit this species into an established reef aquarium.
Aquarium Care
The Yellow Fiji Leather Coral is a peaceful coral, but care should be exercised in providing adequate space between itself and other corals within the reef aquarium. The Yellow Fiji Leather Coral can be placed in most all locations within the reef aquarium, that allow for a medium water flow. While flexible in placement locations, the Yellow Fiji Leather Coral does have more stringent lighting requirements with medium to high intensity lighting being necessary for continued good health.
The addition of strontium, iodine, and other trace elements to the water are also necessary to promote good health in this species. It is also possible to propagate the Yellow Fiji Leather Coral by cutting off a portion of the crown and attaching it to a small piece of rock or placing it in a soft substrate at the bottom of the aquarium. This however, is only recommended for advanced reef aquarists, as this can be harmful to the coral if not performed correctly.
Feeding & Nutrition
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within the Yellow Fiji Leather Corals body provide the majority of its nutritional needs from the light driven process of photosynthesis. However, the Yellow Fiji Leather Coral will also benefit from additional food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates, such as marine snow or other plankton based solutions. The addition of strontium, iodine, and other trace elements to the water, will also ensure ongoing good health.
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