Toadstool Mushroom Leather
Other Toadstool Mushroom Leather Names:
Green Toadstool, Toadstool Mushroom, Sarcophyton Coral, Mushroom, Leather, Trough Corals
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Scientific Name:
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Ease of Care:
Water Flow Requirements:
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Lighting Requirements:
Moderate to HIgh lighting. Power compact or better is recommended.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Hadriness:
Quite hardy and easy to care for. This species does better with suppliments so it may not be a good beginner coral.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Growth:
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.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Diet & 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.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Recommended Supplements:
Iodine, Strontium, Trace Elements
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.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Propagation:
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.
Toadstool Mushroom Leather Toxicity:
These corals are toxic and can harm other tank inhabitants.