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Care Level for Leptastrea Coral
Ease of Care: Easy to Moderate. Leptastrea corals are known for their hardiness and can be a suitable choice for beginner to intermediate reef hobbyists, particularly because they do well in a variety of tank conditions and are tolerant to different levels of lighting and flow.
Lighting: Moderate. They are adaptable but tend to do best under moderate lighting conditions.
Water Flow: Moderate. They prefer moderate water movement, which facilitates feeding and removal of waste.
Water Parameters: Typical marine conditions are required, with salinity at approximately 1.025 specific gravity, pH levels of 8.1 to 8.4, and temperature range between 76°F to 80°F.
Dietary Needs: Leptastrea corals are photosynthetic and receive a significant portion of their nutritional needs from the zooxanthellae within their tissues. However, they also benefit from direct feedings.
Recommended Foods: Microplankton, fine particulate organic foods, or coral food specifically designed for LPS corals.
Feeding Frequency: While not strictly necessary, offering food once to twice a week can promote better growth and coloration.