Christmas Tree Coral

Quick Facts :: Christmas Tree Coral
Care Level: Moderate
Waterflow: Strong
Placement: Bottom
Lighting: Low
Temperament: Peaceful
Color Form: Tan, Brown
Supplements: Iodine, Trace Elements, Strontium
Water Conditions: 72-78� F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Family: Paralcyoniidae
Species: Soft Corals
Category: Soft Corals


The Christmas Tree Coral is also commonly referred to as the Medusa Coral, Snake Locks Coral, or French Tickler within the aquarium trade. It is a soft corals species that is usually a shade of brown, tan, or gray. This species of coral is moderately difficult to care for in the aquarium environment, mainly because it requires active feeding and medium to strong water currents near the bottom of the aquarium, where this species should be placed. However, since this species does not utilize symbiotic algae as a food source, lighting is not crucial and in fact this species can thrive with low levels of light. This species is commonly found within the hobby and can be a very rewarding addition to an established reef aquarium if its basic needs are met.

The Christmas Tree Soft Coral is overall a peaceful coral, but it will need space between itself and other species within the reef aquarium. This additional space is needed to avoid incidental contact of sweeper tentacles and the fact that it will often increase and decrease in size. The Christmas Tree Coral will often close up its tentacles at night, resembling a round or oblong potato and unfold its branches during the day resembling a Christmas Tree with drooping branches. Placement in the sand, gravel, or rubble at the bottom of the reef aquarium where the light levels are lower and with adequate water parameters and medium to strong water movement should help it to thrive. For continued good health, it will also require the addition of strontium, iodine, and other trace elements to the water. [for more information and requirements see Aquarium Domain]