Carnation Tree Coral or Dendronephthya Carnation is one of the most
beautiful and peaceful corals, and is also known as the Cauliflower
Soft Coral, or Strawberry Soft Coral. There are over 250 different
identified Dendronephthya species. It is found in a variety of flamboyant
colors with red or orange being the most common. It is normally
shipped while attached to a small piece of live rock or coral rubble.
It is extremely difficult to maintain in the
reef aquarium, and should be housed in an established reef aquarium,
by the more advanced marine aquarist. It requires low lighting combined
with medium to strong water movement. It is necessary to have a
constant current with an abundance of algal plankton. For continued
good health, it will also require the addition of strontium, iodine,
and other trace elements to the water.
It does not contain the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae.
Therefore, its diet should include live, baby brine shrimp, micro-plankton,
and other small foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates,
in order to survive in the reef aquarium. These foods must be available
almost constantly. Again, only expert aquarists should attempt to
keep this coral.
It is normally shipped while attached to a small
piece of live rock or coral rubble.
Expands more at night, needs propping up to stand up straight, falls
over a lot. It must be fed filter food once a day by target feeding.
Cowries love eating it. Can shrink down to a blob, and blow up huge
within a few hours.