Marine Corals and a Word on Saltwater Tanks

Marine corals are like plants. They have differing needs for sunlight and for their nutrition. Some also do better with heavy currents and waves than others. Some thrive in freshwater while others thrive in saltwater. Large coral for sale has also had to be experimented with to fit smaller tanks. The latter is our focus here and here are some that thrive well in saltwater.

  1. Mushroom Corals

Mushrooms don’t have an exoskeleton and thrive best in environments that are darker and calmer environments. In other words, they thrive best in fairly shaded and calm waters. They are safest with fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates. They do not thrive well with stony or soft corals.

  1. Leather Corals

Leathers are very flexible and require moderate lighting. They do best in moderate turbulence, however, they don’t thrive well in linear turbulence. They don’t have a real skeleton but they will sting other corals if other corals get in their way. So if you’re going to invest in a leather coral, please space the others away from it!

  1. Star Polyps

Star Polyps are extremely flexible. They tolerate just about any range of currents as well as any range of lighting. They are very sensitive to iodine and aluminum oxide. They act like filter sponges. Caution is warranted with these because it can overgrow on other corals. Also, if it is not maintained regularly, slime and algae could kill it.

  1. Finger Leather Corals

As their name suggests, these resemble fingers. They grow into very short and pale white stalks. They are adaptive to most lighting and current conditions. However, they tend to be found mostly at mid-sea levels.

  1. Closed Brian Coral

As the name suggest, these corals resemble human brains. They’re very flexible but do best in bright to moderate lighting and moderate to low currents. They are very sensitive to some soft corals and will stick their tentacles out when they sense food in front of them.

In general, corals must be maintained on a regular basis. They are particularly sensitive to nitrate and ammonia. Unfortunately, those can go undetected until it’s too late. As a result, it’s essential to get an API Master Test Kit to ensure that your water’s acidity remains at 8.3 and 8.4. Most tropical corals require a water temperature between 72 and 78 Degrees Fahrenheit. Saltwater fish require between 75 and 82 Degrees Fahrenheit to stay alive.

Many people who are new to saltwater tanks assume that small tanks are the most likely to need the least maintenance. However, it’s actually mid-sized ones that leave the most room for mistakes. You can get your tank new or used. Just make sure that it’s acrylic or glass and that it’s not super fragile. The glass tanks are also typically less expensive. To ensure that you don’t miss anything, you should buy the tanks with a professional’s assistance. It is also essential that you get a stand for your tank so that it doesn’t slide around, or worse, end up breaking or falling. You have to lease a tank if you don know how to set one up for yourself.

Large coral for sale is available in limited edition at aqua specialty companies, such as Great Ocean Wonders and Austin Aqua Farms. Companies like that agree that no reef tank needs to be boring so they go out of their way to buy and sell only the best in the market.

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