Waving Hand, Thick Stem
Anthelia Thick Stem Waving Hand Coral may also be referred to as
a Glove Coral or Pom-Pom Coral. They are usually white, tan, or
gray. The polyps are not retractable, but do have the distinctive
eight-leaved tentacles associated with all of the members of this
family. They are colonial animals, and form a creeping mat which
has a snowflake, or tuft-like appearance. Some have thicker stems,
and when several polyps are present on their leathery base, they
resemble a cheerleader's pom-pom.
Predatory fish, crabs, snails, or the stings
of other corals may damage the colony quite easily. Therefore, provide
adequate space between them and sessile animals, especially other
types of soft corals. They are difficult to maintain in an aquarium.
They require a medium to high light level combined with a medium
to strong water movement within the aquarium. For continued good
health, they will also require the addition of iodine and other
trace elements to the water.
Under ideal conditions, and once acclimated,
they may reproduce in the established reef aquarium, forming a creeping
mat, which will quickly grow over any adjacent rock work.
The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within
their bodies provide the majority of their nutritional requirements
through photosynthesis. Additional weekly feedings of micro-plankton
or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates are also needed.
My Observation/In my tank
Easy, It just keeps growing...
Moderate, mine is only 72 watts
Mine is located half way up tank
||Gray, Tan, White
||Iodine, Trace Elements
In addition, Filter Food Occasionally
This was a hitchhiker coral that came with my purple mushrooms.
When I first bought it, it only had 1 stalk, it now has around 10
with more growing each week. I have had this coral for 1 1/2 months
(as pictured above). I haven't done anything special to encourage
its growth, it is growing nicely with just stable water conditions,
invert filter food 3 times a week and 72 watts of lighting.