Cauliflower Coral – Lemnalia
Common species: L. africana, L. bournei, L. Cervicornis, L. rbabdota and others.
Common Names: Cauliflower coral, tree coral, branch coral
Lighting: Does best in low to medium to bright lighting
Aggressiveness: Aggressive. One of the most toxic.
Current: Strong water movement. A direct flow of water from a pump “drilling into the coral ” will destroy newly imported pieces, but weak current is equally bad. Alternating or pulsing water flow is most beneficial for these corals.
Hardiness: Hardy once established. Recommended for intermediate level aquarists.
Color: Vague combination of purplish with yellow polyps, or vice versa.
Feeding: It is not strongly photosynthetic. They will also benefit from additional food such as micro-plankton, baby brine shrimp, or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.
Water parameters: 72-78¼F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Propagation: Asexual reproduction by longitudinal fissure and branchlet droppings.
This coral is not durable as many of the non-nephtheidae members. They have a habit of collapsing for no apparent reason, and they rarely recover. Lemnalia is prone to parasites.
Popularity: 1% [?]