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Anthelia

Anthelia is a soft coral genus. They have a flat basal tissue covering the rock, from which long polyps protrude. They look similar to xenia, but usually do not pump, or similar to Clavularia tube corals, but have no stolon into which to retreat. They are referred to by trivial names as clove coral.

Anthelia has no special demands on water quality or lighting and thus can be maintained in almost any aquarium. It is beneficial to add trace elements such as iodine and halogens, as is the case with many soft corals. At high nutrient levels Anthelia can easily proliferate, so they should be placed away from the main reef structure. Although they do not sting, they can overgrow other corals and shade them so much that they die.

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