JF Tangerine Juice Leptoseris
The JF Tangerine Juice Leptoseris is well known and sought after by high end collectors. The Tangerine Juice Lepto has a bright, shimmering orange base color with pink accents. Leptoseris are commonly known as a wrinkle coral but most reef keepers lovingly refer to them as ‘Leptos’. Chaos Aquaculture’s Tangerine Juice Leptoseris frags are 1-1.5″.
The Wrinkle Leptoseris Coral is a small polyp stony (SPS) coral from the Solomon Islands that is usually found growing from vertical or overhung reef walls. This species grows either in an encrusting or tiered fashion and the coloration ranges from brown to tan and green. Under the right conditions, this is a fast growing species. Although it has short tentacles, it can harm other invertebrates touching it.
Leptoseris were made popular a few years ago when bright orange color morphs came onto the scene and blew everyone away with their intense fluorescence. They are one of the most dazzling corals under actinic lighting because in addition to their bright coloration, they almost take on a metallic appearance.
Water & Lighting Requirements
Leptoseris are highly adaptable to different lighting systems but do change colors to compensate. They do fluoresce nicely under actinic, in particular LED so as a matter of personal preference we keep them under blue lighting. We recommend keeping the coral in a low to medium flow area of the reef aquarium. Excessive flow could cause this particular species to become stressed and not extend fully. Lower flow also provides more opportunities for feeding. Leptoseris have small mouths and cannot feed on large particles. In our experience, Leptoseris is a challenging coral to feed and most attempts up to this point have been unsuccessful. This Genus is a great candidate for aquaculture. The Leptoseris coral heals very quickly from cutting and their growth pattern is conducive to high productivity.