Leptastrea corals are a part of the Faviidae family. The small mouths are spread throughout the coral. This species has bright orange mouths with purple outlining and is considered a LPS coral. The coral will encrust onto the reef and spreads will in a circular shape. Sometimes they will dome up a little. Due to this corals growth patterns it is a good coral to put on a vertical flat surface on the rock reef structure.
Lighting: medium low – medium lighting 150-250 PAR.
Flow: low to medium
Care Level: Easy – intermediate
Original Location Range: Indonesia, Coral Triangle, South Pacific
Grown in our California coral farm where we provide zero impact corals
Water chemistry: Calcium 400-450, Magnesium 1350, KH 7-9.5, pH 8.1-8.4, Nitrates .01-10, Phosphates .01-.1 salinity 1.026
Temperature Range: 74- 81 Fahrenheit
Dosing: Doc highly recommends automated dosing of Ca, Kh and other elements to provide ultimate stable water chemistry throughout the day. It is important there are no fluctuations especially with Kh/alkalinity. For more information on dosing and products click here.
Placement recommendations: There are a few good areas to place these corals. Try an area like and edge in front so the coral can encrust onto the reef. Keep a safe distance from other corals so it does not harm or get harmed by other corals. This coral is good to grow in vertical areas where others cannot. Another great location is on an island on the sand up close to the glass for optimal viewing. It will never grow outwards into the glass.
Attachment: We like to clip off the exposed disk areas. Add a small amount of coral glue to the underside of the disk. Mix up enough two part epoxy to create a small mound and dab it a few times into the glue to get it tacky then press and mold a conical shape. Add a few small daps to the tip of the cone dabbing the glue so it really sticks to the epoxy. Press the coral disk onto the desired location and press the epoxy flat around the disk. Be sure the coral is fully secure, the coral should never fall off the reef.
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