Many, probably the majority of aquarists keep invertebrates. Captive reef systems are plentiful nowadays with a high rate of success because of the information available about them, including many invertebrates that could well be considered as livestock. Information and identification are the two words in mind here – the reefRead more →
Archive for the Corals Category
Aquarists, new or experienced, usually enjoy wandering around marine hobby shops just gawping or watching for that special fish or coral. Perhaps a reef aquarium is being set up and stocking is in progress, or the aquarium has more useable space. A coral that will catch the eye if itRead more →
More than two decades ago the marine aquarist would be pleased if fish survived in the aquarium, never mind corals of any type. The aquarium would have a fairly deep coarse sand bed, and underneath the sand would be an under-gravel filter plate. Another filtration method was a canister filter.Read more →
The beauty and diversity of a wild reef is well known. Fish and corals have adjusted to their niche. What about the captive reef? The aquarist does his/her best to meet the needs of the corals (and fish) to try and ensure their health and longevity. The fish and coralsRead more →
When an aquarium is ready for coral stocking, or is up and running and additional coral stocking is being contemplated, a trip is usually taken to the local retailer to decide on what to purchase. On arrival, more often than not there is a large range of corals on displayRead more →
Let’s face it not every beginner to this hobby has the courage to keep corals straight away. There are some people who are happy to keep a [tag-self]fish only aquarium[/tag-self] and why not they are beautiful things. A lot of people as said would love to keep corals with fishRead more →
The toadstool coral or mushroom leather coral, (Sarcophyton sp), are hardy and very decorative. They can grow to quite a size but this varies and is not usually a problem. These corals are suitable for a new aquarist, and, with some experience under the belt, are easy to propagate byRead more →
Anyone sitting down with a good gardening book can be taken aback by the number of problems that could be met by any particular plant. Some are hardier and more resistant to disease than others. This is of course true for all life forms.
The marine hobby world, be it a fish only aquarium or reef aquarium, is no exception. The fish can fall to disease, and so can corals.
This is not intended to be a cover-all for aquarium coral problems. The subject would be far too large. However, an attempt will be made to consider perhaps the more likely troubles.
To avoid as far as possible any problems arising in the first place, there are four areas that need attention.
Before selecting a coral for possible purchase, fully research it using the internet or a good book. What are the requirements for success? Is it suitable for the aquarium? Is it one of those that cause trouble even to an advanced aquarist?Read more →
When starting a new reef tank, especially if you are a beginner to the hobby as I am sure you may by now appreciate there is at times quite a lot to learn.
Starting a reef aquarium is only as hard as you allow it to be. Why learn all about advanced water chemistry for example at the very beginning – learn the basics first, get your aquarium running and then carry on reading, studying and learning.
Why make starting an aquarium harder by including corals in your aquarium where you have to learn a lot about how to care for and maintain them. There are some corals which are exceptionally hard to care for so why not keep some of the easier to keep corals whilst you are learning the basics and as you learn more and your aquarium ages then you can add more.Read more →