View Full Version : How hard are Scleronephthya in comparison to Dendronephthya?

12/04/2016, 10:21 AM
Hi Everyone,

Ive recently set up an nps tank consisting of sponges,gorgonians,sun corals, dendrophyllia and filter feeding inverts- sea apple, tube anemone, flame scallop.

I have been pondering the idea of purchasing either Dendronephthya or Scleronephthya or possibly both. I have heard that scleros are 'easier' in comparison to dendronephthya, is this true?. How long have you kept yours?. I know that dendrophyllia are renowned for being almost impossible to keep long term.

My feeding schedule is as listed below:

Syringe Pump 1:

Doses 0.17ml of Fauna Marin Ultra MIN S (Amino Acid) Daily

Syringe Pump 2:

Doses 10ml over a period of 24 hours (0.36ml/hour) which is a slurry of foods which consist of…

2 Cubes of frozen Red Plankton
2 Cubes of frozen Microplankton
2 Cubes of frozen Invertebrate Food
2 Cubes of frozen Cyclops
2 Cubes of frozen Rotifers
2 Cubes of frozen Artemia Brine Shrimp
1/4 Teaspoon of Fauna Marin ULTRA Seafan
1/4 Teaspoon of Fauna Marin ULTRA Clam
1/4 Teaspoon of Fauna Marin ULTRA MIN F
1/4 Teaspoon of Polyp Lab Reef Roids
1/4 Teaspoon of Goniopower

Automatic Feeder

Doses a mixture of dry foods 4 times per day (8:00,12:00,16:00 and 20:00)

Fauna Marin ULTRA Seafan
Fauna Marin ULTRA Clam
Fauna Marin ULTRA MIN F
Polyp Lab Reef Roids

I also dose KZ coral system programme weekly and KZ sponge power at 0.05ml/24 hours.

I want to make sure that my feeding requirement meet up to the sclero/dendros care. BTW my tank is 35L which makes it alot easier to keep a high density of food in the water column at any given time. Automatic daily water changes are performed serveral times throughout the day which is keeping nitrates and phosphates low along with dosing prodibio biodigest and using FM Ultra Lith (zeolight media).

Thanks in advance, Lewis

12/06/2016, 08:52 AM
The odds of keeping either for a year are extremely low. Stick with fresh and frozen foods as much as possible

12/06/2016, 08:59 PM
Yea I don't recall any long term sclero's. Or my fav, the bluberry gorg. But they all seem to love unidirectional high flow.

12/07/2016, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the responses, its such a shame that some nps softies and gorgs don't do well in captivity...Maybe one day someone will crack the code to keeping them.

If anyone else is keeping one, share your experiences with them id love to hear.