Mandarin Fireworks Clove Polyps
Mandarin Fireworks Clove Polyps are one of the best beginner soft corals you can get. Beautiful, fast growing, and low on demands! Clove Polyps, also known as Eight-Tentacle Polyps, Fern Polyps, Glove Polyps, or Palm Tree Polyps. Clove Polyps are a beautiful fast-growing soft coral that in many ways resemble both a Xenia and a Pipe Organ. They have soft feathery polyps that sometimes carry either an orange or green highlight. Chaos Aquaculture’s Mandarin Fireworks Clove Polyps have 3-5 polyps per frag.
Clove polyps are colonial animals with several individual polyps. This variety of soft coral are not difficult to maintain and require moderate lighting combined with moderate water movement. They require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water.
They will grow rapidly in the established reef aquarium by encrusting over adjacent rock work or even other corals. The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within their bodies is responsible for providing the majority of their nutritional requirements via the algae’s light drive process of photosynthesis.
Mandarin Fireworks Clove Polyps also benefit from weekly feedings of micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates. There are more than 40 members of this genus, the majority from the Indo-Pacific region, with only a sole representative in the Atlantic. These corals are fairly easy to maintain in the home aquarium.
Many species having feathery tentacles which look like tiny palm trees because of their pinnate appearance. In the wild, Clove Polyps grow on reef slopes, rubble areas, and tidal lagoons. They are usually quite hardy in the home aquarium. Due to their colonial nature, Clove Polyps will spread to adjacent live rock quite easily, so allow plenty of room for growth.
This is a zooxanthellate species that requires good lighting to sustain the photosynthetic algae living symbiotically within its cells. Some experts believe that it may also benefit from the absorption of micro-particles from the water, so additional feeding with microscopic foodstuffs such as plankton and foods for filter feeding invertebrates could be advantageous.
Very easy – simply allow to spread to surrounding pieces of rockwork. Daughter polyps are produced from the edge of the stolons.