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Dendronephthya corals are among the most commonly traded soft corals. Between 1988 and 2002 at least 12,618 Dendronephthya were traded globally (the U.S. was the largest importer, with 51% of the total Dendronephthya trade, and Indonesia was the biggest exporter). However, corals in this genus are poor choices for aquarium hobbyists. They generally die within a few weeks, mainly because they lack photosynthetic "algal" symbionts (zooxanthellae) and must rely instead on filtering food particles and dissolved nutrients from the water column.
(Allen 1997, 2000; Wabnitz 2003)