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Sun coral: How to care for and keep Tubastraea

Sun Corals The Sun Corals, Tubastraea species (Tubastraea sp.), are large polyp stony corals (LPS coral) that are moderately difficult to care for, but quite popular in the hobby. If you take one look at these corals, you totally get why they are called sun corals. The polyps are round, fleshy and bright yell0w and orange and look a bit …

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Frogspawn Coral: How to care for Euphyllia divisa in saltwater aquarium

Frogspawn coral care The Frogspawn coral, Euphyllia divisa, is an LPS coral relative of the hammer coral and torch coral. The frogspawn is very similar,in appearance, to the hammer coral, except that the polyps are branched with round lobes, as can be seen in the images on this page. Frogspawn corals are generally hardy and are a good addition to most …

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Ricordea

Introduction The Ricordea, or flower mushroom coral, is a very popular mushroom anemone (coral) among the saltwater aquarium enthusiasts, because they are relatively easy to keep and have some amazing coloration. The two most popular species in the hobby are Ricordea florida and Ricordea yuma. R. florida inhabits in the tropical Western Atlantic and Caribbean waters while R. yuma is seen …

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The Full Monty: Montipora Corals

Introduction If you are looking for a great beginner SPS coral, you should give serious consideration to the corals in the genus Monitpora, affectionately called “Monties” by those who care for them. Montipora corals are beautiful and easy to keep corals as long as you keep your water parameters in the right range. Montipora corals come in a wide range of …

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Candy Cane Coral: Caulastrea furcata, a great beginner LPS coral species

The Candy Cane Coral: (Caulastrea furcata) The candy cane coral is a LPS coral (stands for large polyp stony coral) species that is great for beginner and intermediate reef tanks. While some LPS corals, like the Torch Coral are aggressive and have large, stinging sweeper tentacles, this attractive coral species is mild mannered and has very short sweeper tentacles, by comparison, …

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SPS Coral

What is an SPS Coral? SPS coral is the name given to the group of coral species that have a stony  calcium carbonate skeleton with tiny coral polyps. These corals are generally the first that come to mind when someone joins the reef aquarium hobby, sometimes called the ‘true’ corals because they are the corals that build the backbone of the reefs. But even though an …

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Duncan coral: Duncanopsammia axifuga

The Duncan coral, duncanopsammia axifuga, has large, fleshy polyps and looks a little bit like a zoanthid or other button polyp species, but it is really a large polyp stony (LPS) coral. Duncan corals are sometimes also called whisker coral or daisy coral. Like all LPS corals, duncans have a calcified stony skeleton and therefore require relatively high concentrations of …