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post #1 of 3 Old 05-31-2015, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping leather corals together?

I've heard from various sources that keeping leather corals in close proximity will result in disaster, but also that that's not the case with all leather corals. I have a Kenya tree coral (it's not very big) in my 20 gallon long and I would love to have a toadstool mushroom leather as well; it sounds like they are relatively peaceful. Would I have problems with these two corals? Also, I know that this particular coral (sacrophyton sp.) can produce toxins that can harm other reef inhabitants. What would cause this coral to produce such toxins? And would it be worth the risk, as I have some expensive corals I really don't want to lose :p thanks

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-31-2015, 09:33 PM
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I've heard from various sources that keeping leather corals in close proximity will result in disaster, but also that that's not the case with all leather corals. I have a Kenya tree coral (it's not very big) in my 20 gallon long and I would love to have a toadstool mushroom leather as well; it sounds like they are relatively peaceful. Would I have problems with these two corals? Also, I know that this particular coral (sacrophyton sp.) can produce toxins that can harm other reef inhabitants. What would cause this coral to produce such toxins? And would it be worth the risk, as I have some expensive corals I really don't want to lose :p thanks
Toadstools and kenya are very easy soft corals. I have both, and have never seen any evidence of what u are talking about. Kenya trees are really like a weed. I wouldn't worry

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What you may have read is probably referring to a toxin given off by many soft corals including sinularia, sarcophyton, lobophyton, and several others. This toxin effects stony corals for the most part and acts as a growth inhibitor. Since many soft corals are reasonably fast growers in the first place it makes it a double whammy to adjacent corals trying to compete. SPS seem to be effected the most.

If you plan on only doing soft corals in your tank then you should not have any trouble

If you skim, use good carbon, and have good husbandry practices then you can very easily get around all of this, there are many successful mixed reefs out there.

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