Leather corals are another very hardly coral making them a very good choice for people that are new to the hobby. They are readily available throughout the hobby and they can also grow to become a great looking addition to any set-up if kept in the correct conditions. These corals are very popular with both new hobbyist starting with corals for the first time, and advanced hobbyist as well making them among the most popular corals in the hobby today.
Generally speaking, leather corals are a soft skinned coral with visible polyps all over their skin. The do not have a calcified skeleton structure making them a little more tolerant of some water parameters like calcium. There are hundreds of different species of leather corals. Properly identify the exact species can sometime be very difficult as their shape can altered due to environmental factors such as temperature, salinity, light intensity and water movement to name a few. A leather can look one way in a aquarium and then (over time) look very different when placed in another tank.