Carnation Tree ("Dendro") Coral Care Guide

Dendronephthya, commonly known as “Carnation'' or “Carnation Tree corals,” are soft corals in the Nephtheidae family. This species can differ in appearance quite a bit with over 250 different identified Dendronephthya species. They are often found in a variety of vibrant shades of red, pink, purple, and orange.


Carnation Tree corals require lower lighting. We recommend 100-150 PAR.  Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Carnation Tree corals also prefer moderate to higher water flow.

Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients.  Carnation Tree corals may benefit from targeted feeding with rotifers and vitamins. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed. 


When placing your Carnation Tree coral, please remember that these corals aren't aggressive and have no real defense against other corals. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Carnation Tree corals to grow and thrive.

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