SINULARIA SPP.

  • Description: the soft corals of the Sinularia genus are almost always finger-shaped, and consist of, with few exceptions, a trunk from which individual branches extend. Characteristic of the soft coral Sinularia is the many sharp calcareous sclerites found at the base of the coral, and the fact that it has only one type of polyp, while other alcyonaceans have several, for example the genus Lobophyton, with a similar shape, or the mushroom shaped corals of the Sarcophyton Soft corals of the Sinularia genus can, after growing, reach large dimensions.
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  • Lighting: moderate to strong, it grows well under HQI, T5, and LED.
  • Water circulation: moderate, and for brief periods also very strong.
  • Water quality: not delicate, it tolerates quite well water that is charged with organic substances.
  • Feeding: not necessary, it mainly lives off the products of symbiotic algae.
  • Cohabitation with fish: without problems, if they are not coral eaters (angelfish, butterflyfish, etc.)
  • Photo by G. Di Basco

    Photo by G. Di Basco

  • Cohabitation with invertebrates: it can cohabitates with most other invertebrates. It especially does not present any problems with other soft corals.
  • Care problems: Sinularia specimens are sometimes attacked by some nudibranchs and worms. However, because of their fast growth, their tissue regeneration is good
  • Artificial propagation: possible by cutting individual branches, which are then put between rocks or on small bases with the help of rubber bands, needles, or cyanoacrylate glue. However, sometimes it has problems taking root, because the tissue in the cut area dissolves. Therefore, this technique should only be tried if the conditions in the aquarium are good, meaning that the mother coral needs to be growing well and to be optimally opened.