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Clove/Glove Polyp
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Clavularia sp.

Clove/Glove Polyp

Quick Stats:   Clove/Glove Polyp

Family: Clavulariidae
Range: Indo-Pacific
Color Form: Brown, Tan, Pink, White, Green
Ideal Supplements: Iodine, Trace elements
Reef Compatible: Yes
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Water Flow: Medium to Strong
Light: Medium to High
Dominance: Semi-aggressive
Placement: Medium to High
Care Level: Easy

The Clavularia Clove/Glove Polyp Corals are also commonly referred to as Eight Tentacle Polyps, or Encrusting Polyps. They are brown, tan, pink, green, or white in color and their polyps have the distinctive eight-leaved tentacles associated with all the members of this family. Some refer to smaller Clavularia as Clove Polyps, and the larger ones as Glove Polyps, but this is not universally true. They are colonial animals with several individual polyps attached to a single piece of live rock. They may form mats or clumps.

Clove/Glove Polyp Corals are not difficult to maintain and require a medium light level combined with a medium to strong water movement within the aquarium. They are often stung and damaged by other aggressive corals, therefore, they need adequate space between themselves and other corals. For continued good health, they will also require the addition of iodine and other trace elements to the water. They will grow rapidly in the established reef aquarium by encrusting over adjacent rock work or even other corals.

The symbiotic algae zooxanthellae hosted within their bodies provide the majority of their nutritional requirements through photosynthesis. They also benefit from weekly feedings of micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates.

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