Posts Tagged Corals

Introducing Corals To The Aquarium

Introducing Corals To The Aquarium

Owning a reef aquarium is the ambition of most marine aquarists and understandably so. There are those who have a fish only system as they believe it imposes less work and discipline than corals but this is not wholly correct. It’s true that there are disciplines required but

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Trimming A Branching Soft Coral

If the marine environment is of high quality then the occupants should do well. This includes the growth of corals which of course is good. However, this in itself can demand attention from the aquarist. Some soft branching corals can show very significant growth.This could interfere with seawater

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The Feather Duster Worm

Reef aquariums could be home to many life forms. One of these is the obvious, fish, in many aquariums these are small and inoffensive, and in bigger systems larger varieties could find a place. The major consideration with fish is that they are reef friendly. Quite apart

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Zoanthids

Zoanthids belong in the reef aquarium and must be known to just about every marine aquarist. They are commonly known as button polyps. These polyps could appear in ones or twos but more likely are displayed as what could be termed polyp boulders. These are of varying

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Nudibranchs

The wild reefs are home to some pretty weird creatures and some of these creatures can be really attractive. The nudibranchs fall into this category, to me anyway. On the wild reef many creatures have a niche for the supply of food. Some fish will just cruise

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The Blue Coral

This coral falls into the ‘soft coral’ group, an octocoral, but it is a little strange for that grouping. This is because it is a reef building coral. The coral is also a little misleading to the eye with its common name. It would be very understandable

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Coral Calcification

There are many marine aquarists successfully keeping corals nowadays and a good thing it is for protection of the reefs because of commercial interest, a pool of home grown or ‘fragged’ corals and enjoyment. Those aquarists, particularly with hard corals, will be adding calcium probably along with

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Brain Corals

Brain corals are often available in local fish shops and are common in home reef aquariums. Other common names, though not as popular as the title, that they are known by are pineapple coral, star coral and moon coral. The proper overall name is Favia. It is

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Sponges

Everyone knows what a sponge is; they go in the bath or shower and are great for washing. They can appear or be placed in the marine aquarium as well, though they’ll look different! Living sponges vary in size from very small, 1″ (circa 2.5cm) or so,

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Cuttlefish

Usually seen in public aquariums, cuttlefish are likely to draw plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from onlookers as they swim with their unusual long undulating horizontal fins. This reaction is particularly likely if the cuttlefish displays, sending waves of colour down the body with a rippling effect.

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