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Coral are marine invertebrates that typically live in colonies of many individual growths. They are the most important contributor to the structure of a saltwater reef both in nature and in an aquarium. They are also the most important part of your tank’s ecosystem! They vary in color from every spectrum of the rainbow, and make for the perfect additive, or main centerpiece for any marine attraction. Be sure to give them the correct lighting they need to reach their ideal growth potential. You can always count on SaltCritters.com to provide the best selection of saltwater coral ranging from full colonies, to individual pieces. You won’t be let down – “sea” for yourself!
Anemones are sessile with a specialized foot used to anchor them in soft substrates or attach themselves to rocks and corals. They are fascinating creatures to watch and are a great addition to an established Reef Aquarium. Most anemones are fairly hardy and easy to care for, but some can be quite difficult to keep. Care must be taken when handling anemones as some pack a powerful painful sting. The popular bubble tip anemones, and a few others, will host clownfish. Anemones need to be fed bits of fresh uncooked fish, shrimp or other meaty foods at least once a week. Anemones need an established tank with excellent water conditions, moderate to strong current and intense lighting.
Tridacna clams have become very popular among marine aquarium hobbyists. Their most distinguishing feature is their large two-part shell and interior mantle. Most have colorful and vibrant patterns weaved into their mantles, making them an eye-catching addition to any aquarium. Proper water movement, lighting, positioning, and trace elements will ensure the health of these captivating creatures! Besides their beauty, clams provide an additional benefit to your saltwater aquarium: natural filtration. They constantly filter nutrients such as ammonia and nitrate from the water, improving overall water conditions. Clams will also adapt to a variety of conditions, making them ideal for beginners. See our options below!
We do not recommend Seahorses for the beginner aquarius. Altho Seahorses are relatively hardy and adjust well to life in captivity, they can be difficult to keep and require pristine water conditions, fresh frozen or live foods multiple times a day, low current and plenty of branching gorgonians, algae, or coral decorations. This can be difficult for some aquarist to achieve. Since Seahorses have difficulty competing for live food when other fish are present, they are best kept in a tank containing only Seahorses and Pipefish.
Macroalgae are primitive photosynthetic plants that are better known as 'seaweed.' They should not be confused with seagrasses, rather they gain all their nutrients from the surrounding water directly through their tissue. They serve two major purposes for any aquarium ecosystem: fish food and filtration.