Clavularia are members of the Alcyonacea Order and are also called “Clove polyps” or “Glove polyps.” Each polyp of this soft coral has 8 tentacles. Most species of Clavularia will have small feathery pinnules along the sides. Clove polyps are found in several colors such as green, purple, yellow, white, brown, pink, or cream with centers that can also be a contrasting color to the tentacles. The polyps can retract completely into the base of their individual calyx.
Clove polyps are relatively easy to maintain. Moderately strong water flow is preferred. This assists in removing detritus and other buildup at the base of the coral. Clove polyps can thrive in a pretty wide range of lighting as they can adapt over time to higher and lower light. We recommend around 100-150 PAR.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. They also filter-feed on the nutrients in the water column. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
When introducing Clove polyps to your reef, please take into consideration that while not aggressive, these corals can spread and outcompete passive corals for space or get themselves damaged by aggressive corals. Place your Clove polyps in an area where they can grow and thrive.