So you want to keep coral…
Are you up for it?
It’s actually not as hard as you may think!
I will tell you what worked for me when I began the Aquarium Reef journey…
I started out with T5 lighting on my aquarium when it all began. Because I didn’t have sufficient light for many of the more expensive corals, I wanted to start off with something cheap that wouldn’t hurt my feelings if it dried up and died.
Kenya Trees are very hardy. They require medium lighting and medium to strong water flow. I started off with two very small branches from my Local Fish Store. I placed them in the middle of my tank where they would get strong currents and good lighting. Within 6 months, they were taking over my tank. I went from having a couple of Kenya “nubs” to a Kenya “forest”. As they grow, they shed their branches which attach to your sand bed or rock within your tank and begin to grow again. Feed these guys Brightwell Aquatics Reef Snow. They will grow like crazy. They give you movement inside of your tank.
Mushrooms are extremely hardy and come in all sizes and colors. They give your tank variety. They need moderate lighting and low to medium water flow. You can pretty much put them anywhere in your tank. My mushrooms in particular seem to like being at the bottom of my tank now that I have increased my light intensity for other coral. You can usually find a nice mushroom rock at your local fish store for a decent price. Mushrooms will stretch to find light if their lighting is not significant for them. My mushrooms pretty much eat whatever I put into my tank. They grow at a decent rate and will soon cover your rock work.
Zoanthids are hardy and come in a variety of colors. Many of them have funky little nicknames to correlate with their color patterns.
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Zoas enjoy moderate lighting and medium water flow. They like being either in the middle or at the top of your tank. I usually place them near the top of my tank. They bring so much color to the tank. Definitely eye catchers. Zoas normally are sold in colonies. When you get into the more expensive types of Zoas, called exclusives, they are sold by “head”. When starting out in this hobby, try to buy frags of colonies around the $5-$15 mark. Once you have successfully kept the cheaper types of Zoas, feel free to try your luck at the more expensive types.
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These three types of corals are what I began with when I first started. The good thing about these corals is, once you get established in the hobby and these corals began to grow, you can learn to frag your corals to trade with other hobbyist or sell them to recoup some of the cost of your aquarium. Either way, you get to enjoy the hobby and you will benefit from it in the future.
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What are some other types of easy corals that you have kept? Let us know!