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Zoanthid Coral Care Guide

Zoanthid coral, affectionately called zoas by aquarium hobbyists in online forums (I guess because zoanthid coral is too long to type) are an extremely popular type of coral kept in reef tanks. Why? Because they are relatively easy to grow and maintain AND They are available in amazing, brilliant, fluorescent colors. They are hardy and will grow well in most reef tanks, …

Last Day to Pre-order How to Frag Corals

This is the last day you can pre-order: How to Frag Corals: A Simple Guide to Coral Propagation and Coral Fragging for the Marine Reef Aquarium Hobbyist at 50% off the list price. Pre-order today to lock in the discount before the price goes up. Releases on January 20th The book officially releases tomorrow, on January 20th. Pre-ordering is easy to do. …

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Success Fragging Corals

 In article # 1, we talked about our shared dreams to have a thriving reef aquarium, filled with corals and set the stage that fragging corals is a great way to increase the number of rapidly growing coral colonies in your tank and also creates an opportunity for you to trade the corals you are growing with your friends and …

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Introduction to Fragging Corals

When I ask friends to describe their ideal coral aquarium, there are two major themes that come up. Many people want to have a large tank filled with Acropora (Acros), Montipora Plate corals and other  Small Polyp Stony (SPS) Corals. Others hope for a mixed reef tank, buzzing with color and energy as fish and invertebrates fill every level with …

Sweeper Tentacle Epiphany

I’m not sure how you feel about it, but whenever I imagine the ‘ideal’ reef aquarium, I conjure a vision in my mind of a bountiful, reef tank chock full of corals. The hypothetical aquarium is an aquatic cornucopia with SPS, LPS, leather coral, mushrooms and more all living together, filling nearly every square inch of rock work, cascading in …

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Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS)

Small Polyp Stony Corals Small polyp stony corals (SPS) are what many people think of as the conventional reef-building corals.  As a group, they are some of the most beautiful and some of the most difficult to keep, often requiring high flow rates, intense lighting and optimal, stable water chemistry. Probably the most popular family of small polyp stony corals …

Large Polyp Stony Corals

Large Polyp Stony Corals Coral husbandry is best studied on an individual species basis—because there are exceptions to every rule and generalizations (like the one I’m about to make) often oversimplify the information. Putting my desire for precision and my inner-scientist aside, however, the value of generalizations is that they provide a jumping-off point—a lens through which to observe, consider …