One of the most asked about corals that we have in the farm. An incredible contrast of yellow base and pink-purple polyps. There are small fibers throughout the body that look like crystal shards. Each of the polyps also have a metallic white-silver tips, giving this coral an even more exotic look.
We first found this phenomenal piece as a small hitchhiker at a LFS thinking it was a unique Kenya tree. We grew that tiny 1/2" nub into a mini-colony within a few months. It was then properly identified by Jake Adams of Reef Builders once we sent him a frag. The more common Scleronephthya is known as a Carnation Coral, which has a disastrous track record in the hobby. This Stereonephthya is much thinner and resembles more so a Kenya Tree. We've have great luck with this piece, most likely because we grew it from such a small frag. It's proven to be no more difficult than a regular Kenya, aside from being a much slower grower.
LC Pink Lemonade Stereonephthya will do well and grow much faster with a weekly feeding, as it's not 100% photosynthetic.
Frags of this piece will need about 2 weeks to fully attach to a piece of rubble before glued onto a frag plug. They will be roughly 1/2" tall.
LC Pink Lemonade Stereonephthya
Strong intermediate level coral. Best tried after you've had success with a few other easier corals first. Special requirements include weekly feeding of food such as Benepets.
Slow. Increased growth with feeding such as Benepets.
Prefers to be kept in lower light.
Currently kept under Kessil 360x, all blue spectrum.
Prefers low flow. Too strong of a flow may cause it to deattach.
Currently kept with Maxspect Gyre 350s Pumps.
Brightwell's Amino Acids, Lugols, Replenish, Restor, Potassion, KoralColor.
Benepets Coral Food.