Leptoseris, also called “wrinkle corals” or “porcelain corals,” are small polyp stony (SPS) corals that belong to the Agariciidae family. Depending on the species, Leptoseris corals mainly grow by encrusting and often develop small ridges. They can be found in a variety of shades, including multi-color mottling.
Leptoseris corals require low to moderate lighting. Some species of Leptoseris prefer less, indirect light than others. We recommend a range of 120-250 PAR, but they may be too high depending on the specific species of Leptoseris coral. Bear in mind that most corals can be gradually adapted to lighting conditions outside of their normal preferences. Leptoseris corals also prefer moderate water flow. Please note, these corals are very sensitive to changes in water parameters. Any changes you implement must be gradual.
Through their symbiotic relationship with a photosynthetic algae, known as zooxanthellae, they receive many of their nutrients. Leptoseris corals may benefit from targeted feeding with meaty foods such as Mysis shrimp or brine shrimp. To maintain good health, calcium, strontium, and other trace elements should be monitored and added as needed.
When placing your Leptoseris, please remember that these corals are semi-aggressive and may attack other corals with their sweeper tentacles. Be sure to provide enough personal space for your Leptoseris corals to grow and thrive.