Spit Fire Leptastrea
Leptastrea Coral Care
Leptastrea is a member of the Faviidae family and are an LPS coral despite their small polyp size. These corals grow in dome shapes and come in many different color morphs. Please see below for additional care tips for Leptastrea as well as checking out our Top 5 Tips for setting up a reef.
Australia including the Great Barrier Reef.
Moderate to high lighting is recommended. Leptastrea seem to do best under bright lighting.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. Leptastrea is often found in high flow areas of the reef.
Leptastrea relies heavily on the products of their zooxanthellae. This coral may benefit from the addition of phytoplankton and other small morsels as a food source.
In terms of propagation, this genus has been successfully fragmented but often has a long recovery 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.