Article by Marian Fisher
A reef aquarium is different from a traditional saltwater fish tank because it contains a truly fascinating addition. This addition is the live coral that you can buy and place in your fish tank. With their vivid colors and gently swaying movements, you will find that the addition of live coral to your tank will bring it a special beauty. In the past, keeping coral reefs in a saltwater fish tank has provided a challenge for many beginning aquarium owners.
Like many other types of products, there have been advances that make owing a reef aquarium much easier so that even a beginner can enjoy the beauty and depth that a coral reef can offer to their aquarium. However, there are still a few hardy coral reefs that are just right for a beginner to use.
Most of the coral reefs listed below are tolerant of light conditions that do not required an expensive and complicated lighting system to maintain. The listed coral reefs also tend to be fast growing and easy to care for. This means that, in many instances, you will need to do little to encourage your coral reef to grow and expand. For more information, read on below.
Mushroom corals: These coral reefs make an ideal addition to a beginners reef aquarium. Mushroom coral are very striking in the appearance that gives them their names. This is because they come in a wide range of colors that will grow quite well in lower light conditions. You will not need to invest in an expensive lighting system in order to enjoy long living coral reefs that grow quickly.
Bubble corals: A large and stony polyped coral, known also as LPS by people from within the hobby, bubble corals also thrive in lower light conditions. In addition, they are noted for their ease of care and the fact that they eat solid foods. Bubble coral comes in green, white and tan. By mixing the different colors, you will be able to have a unique arrangement of colorful and easy to care for coral in your saltwater fish tank. They should not be located in an area that enjoys a high flow of water or the might not open fully. Other members of the LPS family are also pretty and easy to care as well.
Green star polyp coral: With their impressive neon green coloring and the fact that they need to be located in an area of active water flow, these coral reefs make the perfect addition any beginners reef aquarium. In addition to their eye catching neon green coloring, green star polyp coral also looks quite impressive with their unique star shapes that will add a depth and beauty to your saltwater fish tank. They grow very well in medium light and will often grow so quickly that they spread along the back of your aquarium.
Soft corals: Because these corals are very quick to grow and easy to care for, they make a great addition to any beginner’s reef aquarium. They add a rhythmic movement that is slow and mesmerizing to your aquarium. Soft corals are also tolerant of different water conditions and will find medium light to their liking as well. You do need to be aware that these corals eat solid food as well.
Before you go, I have the detailed specifications on the Red Sea Max 130 aquarium. It’s a great one for getting started with reef aquariums.
David Saxby and his amazing marine aquarium
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