This Toadstool Mushroom Leather data sheet gives you basic information about the common names, scientific names and water parameters required by this species. In addition, you can find Toadstool Mushroom Leather information such as diet, determining sex, breeding, distribution and compatibility. - because there's always time for reefing.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather (Soft Corals)


Classification: Alcyoniidae


Coral Type : Soft Corals


Common Name: Toadstool Mushroom Leather


Alt Common Name: Green Toadstool, Toadstool Mushroom, Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, Trough Corals


Distribution: Indonesia, Tonga


Lighting Requirements : Moderate to HIgh lighting. Power compact or better is recommended.


Aggression: The Toadstool Mushroom Leathers are relatively peaceful, but adequate space should be provided between them and other corals in the reef aquarium. Some can produce toxins which are harmful to other reef inhabitants.


Hardiness: Quite hardy and easy to care for. This species does better with suppliments so it may not be a good beginner coral.


Growth Pattern : These corals grow from a stalk and for a mushroom shaped crown. The corwn will often take on a folded appearance once it gets larger.


Nutrition: The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within its body provides the majority of its nutritional needs from the light driven process of photosynthesis. It will also benefit from additional food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.


Supplements Required: Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements


Care Difficulty: 3/10

Very Easy
Very Difficult


Water Flow Requirements :



Temperature Range: 72°F - 80°F



Additional Information : The Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral is referred to as Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, or Trough Corals. They are found in various shades of brown, tan or green, with white or gold polyps. It is difficult to identify many species because they all have the similar appearance of a mushroom or toadstool, each with a distinct stalk and capitulum (cap). As they grow older, they develop a folded appearance. The more plain Sarcophyton Leather Corals from Idonesia are easy to maintain in the reef aquarium and make an excellent coral for the beginning through expert reef aquarist. The colored Sarcophyton Leather Corals from Tonga are much more difficult to ship and maintain, and are only for expert aquarists. Toadstool Mushroom Leather Corals require medium to high lighting combined with medium to strong water movement. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine, strontium, and other trace elements to the water.


Propagation Information : Propagation by the experienced hobbyist is often accomplished by cutting off a portion of the Coral's crown and attaching that piece to live rock or placing it in the sandy bottom of the reef aquarium.


Toxicity Information : These corals are toxic and can harm other tank inhabitants.




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