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Lobophytum sp.


Lobophytum sp

Scientific nameo - Lobophytum sp.

Phylum Coelenterates

Class - Anthozoa

Order - Alcyonarians.

Classification - Alcyoniidae.

Common specie - Lobophytum crassum; Lobophytum pauciflorum.

Distribution - Pacific Ocean - Indian Ocean.

Description - Invertebrate soft mushroom-shaped, firmly attached to the substrate with numerous polyps of different lengths, depending on the species, that may totally withdraw within the colony in case of danger . Especially young specimens are similar to Sarcophyton and differ mainly by the presence of two different polyps and for so-called " lobes " in the shape of a hand. The color varies from gray to brown. It can reach a length of 25 cm.

Habitat - In the aquarium, live well and long. You will find a very enlightened with good water movement.

Water conditions - PH 8,1-8,3; DH 9-13; Calcium 400-440; Temp. 23°26°

Density - 1021-1023

Food -  It feeds mainly by algae zooxanthellae but you can also nourish phytoplankton, brine shrimp and liquid products specific to corals.

Behavior - Under optimal conditions, the colony has polyps are always open and withdrawing completely within the colony in case of danger. Periodically expels harmful substances with the suit by creating a transparent film .

Compatibility Do not place it near stinger.

Reproduction - In the aquarium is by cuttings by fitting a piece of colony inside a hole or blocking based on a rock. In a short time the thin filament -bonded to the substrate. And is possible to play with forcibly cuts the trunk but in some cases the coral does not react well, wasting away until his death.

Difficulty - No particular needs therefore suitable for beginners.

Personal Experience - It is easy in environmental aquarium provided it is properly placed and avoid the current too strong. It is a coral that will fit in aquariums are not yet stable and maturing.


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