The Kenya Tree Coral (Capnella sp.) is generally tolerant of of wide range of water & lighting conditions, making it an ideal coral for beginners.
These corals originate from the Info-Pacific Ocean & the Red sea, in the clear deep waters. They prefer stronger water currents due to their self-propagation. Meaning, that as these corals reproduce with buds dropping off the main colony, the buds can float away and start a whole new colony.
Because of the self-propagation, many aquarists see these corals as weeds. They are very hardy, and reproduce quickly. If they are not regularly pruned/fragged, they can take over your tank.
They are widely available in a pink/beige colour, but can also be found in a, much more sought after, green colour. They are not the most colourful of corals, and are generally considered “drab” by most aquarists.
Coral Facts & Care Requirements
- Common Name: Kenya Tree
- Origin: Indo-Pacific & Red Sea, easily aquacultured
- Category: Soft Coral
- Care Level: Beginner
- Known Predators: None.
- Temperament: Slightly aggressive due to being able to grow over the top of other corals.
- Lighting: Low – Medium
- Water flow: Medium
- Placement: Low – Medium
- Feeding Requirement: Though this coral have zooxnthellae, which allow for some of their energy to be gathered through light.
- Colours: pink, beige & green
- Growth Speed: Very fast
- Water Parameters: Standard saltwater parameters should see this coral thrive, though they are tolerant of a wide range of conditions.
A Word of Warning
It is very tempting to buy a small frag of Kenya Tree Coral, hoping for it to grow quickly & fill a space, but these corals will not stay put! They will drop their buds and float off in the hope of re-colonising. This can end up with the coral taking over your tank. These corals can pop up everywhere, even if you remove the main colony.
So while it may seem like a good idea to fill your tank at the start, once you progress and want more colour in your tank, these will be considered a pest that is taking up precious space within your display.