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Old 09-24-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Leather Coral Frag - expected growth rate?

I just picked up a leather coral frag (toadstool) ~ 3 inches across the head (looks like frag of a crown) and ~ 1.5 inches tall. I have heard that they are quick growers which suits me fine as I have a very understocked dual tank system (190g on top 120g on bottom).

Any idea as to expected growth rates? I expect it depends on lighting & since I haven't placed it yet, I figured I would get some advice prior to finding it a permanent home.
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Growth rate will depend on you and how you take care of your water. Pristine water conditions will greatly aid in it`s growth. My leathers have grown 4x their original size but I also do 15% weekly PWC`s. I also feed DT`s plankton in my tank 2x a week. I have one on top and one on bottom. Here they are



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The Sarcophytons can triple in size in only a few months. I would place it on a medium size rock (about five or so pounds). If you have to relocate it, it will be as simple as moving the rock.
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Thanks afishyonados. Exactly the sort of info I needed.

Here is a few shots of the frag. I put it on a rock about 7" long.



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That's perfect.
After it has acclimated to the lights, I would slowly move it closer to the top.
They also like a good deal of water flow across the top; it keeps sediment and the resulting bacterial infections away.
Zoanthids and Discosoma can be placed at the base without any negative effects.
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