best beginner corals

Montipora Coral, Velvelt Branch Coral, Velvet Finger Coral

  Now that you have arrived at the point where you can begin populating your tank with all those eye catching corals but which ones? Successful reef keeping requires keeping your inhabitants happy – but book knowledge is not the same as the actual experience… Do yourself a favor and start out with some “easier” to keep corals that are […]

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What Your Coral Needs


This updated and simplified, easy to read ‘at a glance’ chart lists basic coral needs such as light, water flow, and food as well as aggressiveness and how easy or difficult they are to keep for commonly found corals in reef and marine aquariums. It can help both new and experienced reefkeepers and aquarists make better choices when selecting corals; help better meet the needs of your tank inhabitants, and make you more successful.

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corals may need a dose of C

Newly settled mustard hill corals use vitamin C when building their exoskeletons, new research shows.

New research found that when free-floating larvae settle and calcify their skeletons genes associated with vitamin C transport kick on. Without enough C they may even get scurvy. While the process of calcification is not fully understood, Joshua Rosenthal of the University of Puerto Rico and colleagues measured which genes switched on when mustard hill corals (Porites astreoides) transitioned out […]

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lab grown corals reproducing in wild

4-year old elkhorn coral outplanted to the reef. Photo: SECORE

For the first time lab grown corals have integrated and reproduced with with a wild population. In 2011 SECORE (SExual COral REproduction) reared endangered elkhorn coral from field collected gametes and then replanted them in 2012. Four years later these corals have grown to soccer ball size and reproduced, simultaneously with the natural population. “This event marks the first ever successful […]

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