Blue Clove Polyps
Clove Polyp Care
Clove Polyps are a beautiful fast-growing soft coral that in many ways resemble both a Xenia and a Pipe Organ. They have soft feathery polyps that sometimes carry either an orange or green highlight. Their base forms a tube that the stalk extends from. Please see below for additional care tips for Clove Polyp as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Indo-Pacific - Islands of the Indo-Pacific including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.
Clavularia thrive under a wide assortment of lighting. Start with medium lighting to be safe.Low Light
Low light translates to about 30-50 PAR
Medium Light is between 50-150 PAR
High Light is anything over 150 PAR
Lighting is a loaded topic, so for a more in-depth discussion of lighting, please see our Deep Dive article.
Moderate to high water movement is recommended. Sometimes detritus accumulates at the base of clove polyps and stronger flow helps prevent buildup.
Clavularia relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae but also may feed on phytoplankton and similarly sized microfauna in the water column.
This genus for the most part has been propagated extensively in captivity and is an excellent candidate for aquaculture. It is reasonable to believe that a sustainable harvest can be achieved in time.
Proper acclimation is extremely important considering the stress imposed on the animals by the shipping process. Please take a moment to review our Acclimation Guide.
The images were taken with a Canon 5D mk II and 100mm macro lens under T5 Fluorescent lighting. Quite a lot goes into how we go about shooting the corals and anemones you see on Tidal Gardens. For an in-depth look at our methods, check out our comprehensive Reef Aquarium Photography FAQ.