Scleronephthya/Dendronephthya, Red Sea
Firstly hope you are all well and hope you all had a very Happy
I've recently been reading your articles on here about
softies, especially the keeping of dendros and sclerons trying to
get more of an understanding of the needs and requirements of
these delicate corals.
The reason I'm here is to say I have had an orange
Scleronephthya in my tank for around 8-10 months now, it is only
a very small piece that came in on a piece of LR I brought and
opens up to about 2cm in height, can't believe how well it is
doing to say how hard to keep these can be, it must be feeding
well from when I supplement and feed the SPS in my aquarium.
<And/or some life in the system is producing such food>
I am currently in the process of ordering a new marine set up,
and would love to recreate a red sea looking reef with a shoal of
Anthias and other fish that are found in this area of waters.
I'm tempted to buy more Scleronephthya/Dendronephthya to
create the look I'm after with vivid colours of soft corals,
also gorgonians and sponges, I'm dubious in buying these
though and was wondering if there would be any other corals you
could recommend that could fit the bill of what I'm trying to
achieve in my new set up.
<Mmm, all sorts. Have been to parts of the Red Sea several
times, diving, photographing. And have one section of a book re
its habitats, organisms.
Much of this is reproduced here: http://wetwebmedia.com/redseafwgv1.htm
and the linked files above>
Any help and suggestions would be most appreciated.
Take care all and an early happy new year to you all for when it
Many thanks for all your expertise
<Glad to share! Bob Fenner>
Re: Scleronephthya/Dendronephthya 12/28/10
Hi Bob and the rest of the crew
Thanks for the speedy reply, you gave me good reading from the
links and an abundance of useful information as usual, I have
also already made book purchases this morning for reference on
corals and fish of the red sea.
This is the kind of thing I would love to achieve (see attached
for my perfect biotope, obviously on a much smaller scale.
Do you know of any books that would list all/most soft corals
found in the red sea?
<Mmm, none that I'm aware of... there are such checklists
on various groups of the region... but hard to find. Peter
Vine's work is largely incomplete.
Do check out ReefBase:
I have already purchased 'coral reef guide - red
One last thing do you know what the long branches are coming out
from the corals?
<Oh yes... whip, wire corals, Antipatharians>
would add nice height in the aquarium if I could find out what
<Perhaps models... or a/the big challenge... harder to keep
than many of the difficult soft corals>
(I'll send pictures of the tank when it is up and running,
hopefully get some constructive criticism from the guys and girls
<Thank you for this. I do hope we meet up, above and below