|Category: LPS (Large Polyp Stony)
Common Name: Gold Leptastrea
Scientific Name: Leptastrea sp.
Specimen Size: XL frag approximately 1.5″ across fully encrusted over plug
Origination: RC Aquacultured Frag.
Entry Updated: 12/17/2016
Leptastrea corals are not very common in the hobby, but can come in nice colors such as gold, green, orange and purple and can be a very nice accent piece in the tank. They have small polyps with a delicate look.
They like low light and low to moderate water flow, so they should be kept low in the tank on the sandbed or on the rock work. Some people have been successful in acclimating them to brighter light. Generally if they are getting bright light, they will not extend their polyps fully and the white skeleton will be visible between the polyps. Under lower light, the polyps fully cover the skeleton.
Some specimens have tiny commensal blue barnacles embedded in them. These barnacles are harmless and can thrive in the reef tank.
They have small polyps and will take small meaty foods.
As is the case with all stony corals, attention needs to be paid to maintaining proper Calcium and Alkalinity levels in the reef tank for proper skeletal development as noted on the right.
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Quick Care Notes
ReefCorner Living Conditions for this specimen:
Lighting: 10 hrs/day using ReefCorner Captive Reef LED Lighting, low intensity
PAR: 50-75 PAR measured at coral
Water Flow: low non-laminar flow
Food: Feeding system small meaty foods 1-2 times a week.
Temperature: 77 - 80
Specific Gravity: 1.025 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 9-10 dKH
pH: 8.15 - 8.35
Nitrates, Phosphates, Silicates = 0
General Care Requirements:
Care Level: Intermediate. Leptastrea corals are typically fairly hardy once acclimated and are relatively non-demanding.
Lighting: Low to Moderate.
Waterflow: Low to Moderate
Placement: On sand bed or low on rock work.
Aggressiveness: Low. Has very short tentacle reach and is slow growing
Water Parameters: Stony corals require that water quality is kept high and the following parameters are monitored and maintained to within the tolerable bounds:
Specific Gravity: 1.024 - 1.026
Alkalinity: 8dKH - 12dKH
Calcium: 400ppm or above
Magnesium: 1250ppm or above
pH: 8.0 - 8.4
For more care information, go to our Reef Database Entry