Stereonepthyas are among some of the reef's most exotics corals, and the Mulberry is a rare species of stereo. The name of this beautiful rare soft coral comes from the purple polyps part of the coral.

There are, of course, several types of Stereonepthyas with different colors combinations like the Yellow with purple polyps also known as Pink Lemonade Stereonepthya.

Stereos are easy to keep in the aquarium but they are slow growers when compared to the most common soft corals. They seems to do better under medium random flow which allows them to catch more food. A random flow will provide the right type of flow. Moderate intensity ensures that you that the delicate polyps of the will be fully extended.

The Stereonepthyas coral gets some of its nutritional needs by absorbing nutrients from the water as well as by capturing tiny plankton. Feeding this coral with fresh phytoplankton should boost growth.

They are very lenient on the light levels. At Marine Farmers we keep the colonies between 100-150 PAR

Some species of stereo are in fact NPS. At Marine Farmers we only grow photosynthetic species of Stereonephthyas. Our colonies are about 4-5 inches tall with branches growing from the base.

We have four color varieties of the photosynthetic Stereonephthya aquaculture by us and we occasionally offered them on our website, a light purplish one with lavender polyps, a yellow one with purple polyps, a white one with bright purple polyps and an white one with bright orange polyps.

The Stereonepthyas can be fragged easily with a sharp blade, by simply cutting a branch off and then placing the limb on small container with rubble rock. In a few days, the cut branch will attach itself to the rock or rubble and start growing by itself and then the frag can be moved it to their final location in your reef.

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All of us enjoy watching our small piece of the ocean thrive. Watching our reef makes us feel good and there is evidence that actually lowers blood pression and also reduces stress. Research has also found that people who spend time in aquariums could improve their physical and mental wellbeing. We feel more relaxed and happier after watching our tank with more corals - in other words with more biodiversity.

I am sure you've noticed when they blue lights are on and your corals are glowing, how happy you feel watching over the top the beautiful Giant Bali Xenia pulsating or the amazing Weeping Willow Toadstool

waving their long polyps.

A study has suggested that people relaxed, even watching an empty tank, so do you imagine the benefits as you introduced more Soft Corals into your living artistic canvas?

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a 300-gallon reef aquarium or a 1-gallon pico-tank on your house or your office desk. The health benefits are still the same.

So there you have it. At Marine Farmers you'll find a variety of corals that will catch you attention. Is our wish that you find something that will make your reef perfect!

Happy Reefing!

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Photosynthetic gorgonians are rapidly becoming very popular in the reef hobby. These breed of soft corals are hardy and with a just little care, will last for years in your home aquarium.

The gorgonians are a perfect addition to any reef system, they come in a few different colors; from purple to cream to yellow. One of our favorite of all the photosynthetic gorgonians is definitely the Tracy Morgan Gorgonian (named after their most celebrated owner, Tracy Morgan)


These gorgonians with tree like appearance need moderate light. In order to prevent algae and cyanobacteria growth, it is important that this gorgonians are provided with a medium to strong flow, this will make them sway and keep them clean of waste or detritus.


These gorgonians are photosynthetic and they are much hardier. At the farm our gorgonians are fed twice a week with filter feeding food.


Marine Farmers tank raised soft corals are grown and aquacultured on location so these gorgonians will grow and thrive at their best when you compared them with their wild counterparts.

In regards to fragging gorgonians are one of the best candidates for propagation, just get a pair of scissors, and start cutting pieces from the mother colony. Place the small cuttings on some substrate or rubble, they will attach on their own, in a few days frags will be attached to rubble and can be glued to larger rock or plugs. You can also accomplish the same thing by anchoring the frags between 2 rocks and using rubber band to secure the frags.


As the fall is ending and the winter is approaching, reminding us that is time to celebrate and enjoy our reef. From toadstools to LPS to mushrooms, Marine Farmers has you covered for all your need for your beautiful reef.

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