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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 ...
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!
Large Polyp Stony Corals are generally larger calcareous corals with large fleshy polyps. They are the builders of calcium carbonate reef structures found in the wild. The LPS corals growth rate can vary greatly. Some LPS, such as the Favites, can grow very quickly while some massive LPS, like the scolymia, can take years to grow an inch. LPS corals tend to be easy to care for and come in a vast variety of colors.
Small Polyped Stony (SPS) corals have small polyps on a calcareouss skeleton. SPS hard corals are generally considered more difficult to keep than the LPS or soft corals and are not recommended for beginners. They require intense lighting and lots of flow.
Zoanthid corals are easy to maintain making them a great choice for beginner reef aquarists. Zoanthids require moderate light levels and medium water movement in the home reef aquarium. To help with excelent growth and health the will require the addition of iodine and other trace elements.
Under ideal conditions zoanthid polyps will multiply without difficulty by budding to increase the size of the colony. Zoanthi polyps contain symbiotic algae zooxanthellae wich satisfies almost all of its nutritional requirements. If the lighting is not optimal zoanthids polyps should be fed micro-plankton or baby brine shrimp.
Mushrooms make great beginner corals and come in all different colors. They require low light and low flow. Please note, that when mushroom corals are shipped, it is perfectly normal for them to be deflated and very small upon arrival. Once adjusted to your aquarium conditions, however, they will fully open. The acclimation process normally takes several days to a week.
Most soft corals are great for new aquarist. Most grow fast and are very hardy.
Seafans, Gorgonians, are a great addition to a reef aquarium.