Type: Soft Coral
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https://images.manhattanreefs.com/forum/images/corals/IMG_1258.jpg Nephthea can be kept under high output fluorescent bulbs, but may benefit from more intense lighting. It will likely change its coloration depending on the lighting provided. This coral likes strong water movement. Nephthea relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae but also may feed on phytoplankton and similarly sized microfauna in the water column. Leather corals of the genus Nephthea are hardy and make excellent additions to a beginner or advanced reef aquarium. They are fast growers and can quickly turn into a the showpeice of the tank. Leather corals comprise a large sector of the soft coral group. Most are quite adaptable to lighting conditions and will tolerate higher nutrient levels within the aquarium. Many are very hardy and therefore recommended for the beginner. Leather corals do occasionally appear to have a waxy buildup – this is a normal shedding of their outer skin.