Leptastrea are large polyp stony (LPS) corals that currently belong to the Faviidae family. These beauties are fairly new to the reefing hobby. (At the time of this writing, taxonomists are still re-classifying corals in the Faviidae family.) Leptastrea corals grow by encrusting and can be found in a variety of shades of orange, green, yellow, blue, red, and purple.
Leptastrea corals require low to moderate lighting. We recommend a range of 50-100 PAR depending on the specific type of Leptastrea. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Leptastrea corals also prefer moderate water flow.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Leptastrea corals may benefit from targeted feeding with phytoplankton. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed. When placing your Leptastrea, please remember that these corals are aggressive and may attack other corals with their sweeper tentacles. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Leptastrea corals to grow and thrive.