Having your own coral reef is a dream shared by many aquarists. For a long time, it used to be very difficult to grow and maintain coral reefs in aquariums because of the lack of knowledge about them and their needs to survive in a saltwater aquarium.
A coral reef system is complex and requires the right components and proper maintenance. The good thing is that even though some corals are still very difficult to grow and maintain, a wide range of corals are now easy to grow even for beginners.
If you’re a beginner or average aquarist, when picking corals for your saltwater aquarium, you might want to go with soft corals because they are easier to take care of.
Below are 6 different types of soft corals:
Cladiella Corals: Cauliflower, Finger Leather and Colt Coral. They adapt very well and do best with moderate lightening and water movement.
Palythoa Corals: Button Polyps and Sea Mat. Can grow very fast under bright lightening (might overgrow your other corals). Prefer rapid water movement. Warning: Handle them with gloves to protect yourself from their toxin (the palytoxin).
Sarcophyton Corals: Leather, Mushroom Leather, Toadstool, Toadstool Mushroom and Trough Coral. Adapt to all lightening levels. Moderate water movement is prefered to prevent parasites on their surface.
Discosoma Corals: Disc Anemones, Mushroom and Mushroom Corals. Low light is preferable. Active feeders (small fishes but also detritus and uneaten food).
Zoanthus Corals: Button Polyps, Zoanthid and Sea Mat. Bright light is prefered as they feed on zooxanthellae along with algae, D.O.C.’s andbacteria. Warning: Use gloves to handle them (because of the palytoxin).
As you see, many different corals can grow in your saltwater aquarium. This is just a short selection so what you have to do is research the specific needs of the different corals you’re interested in and make sure they can grow in the same aquarium. With the right light, water movement and nutriments, you’ll have a beautiful coral reef system!
Every hobbyists, either advanced or beginners want the best components in their aquarium to grow and maintain their corals in the best environment possible. That is why having a very high quality saltwater aquarium can make a difference. But the hard part about purchasing an aquarium to grow corals is that many different components are needed and selecting and installing them can be daunting task.
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