Looking for an easy-to-grow coral species to add to your new reef tank? Here are 5 best soft corals for beginners that are hardy, tolerant, and will even help keep those problem algae from being as much of a problem in your tank.
Toadstool coral – one of the best soft corals for beginners
The toadstool coral is a great soft coral for the beginner saltwater tank. They are hardy and can grow quite large, becoming an impressive specimen over the years as the tank matures.
Zoanthids are available in a mind-numbing array of color forms–you can pick whatever psychedelic color combination you want, assuming you have the cash to shell out for it. They are hardy corals that will multiply and grow on their own, as long as you meet their basic care needs.
It’s hard to get more bulletproof than mushroom corals. They grow readily in almost any saltwater tank and can be easily fragged. They are the first coral I started out with–and would be a great coral for you to start out with, too.
The kenya tree coral, colt coral, or any of the several different species of very similar branching, tree-like corals kept in the hobby today are another great, bulletproof soft corals for a beginner saltwater tank. They grow very rapidly. Before you know it, that tiny five or ten dollar frag you bought will have grown into a full ‘tree’ and will be dropping branches (sending out tiny little clones) to populate your entire tank.
Green star polyps–one of my favorite soft corals for beginners
Electric green polyps on a bright purple mat are hard to resist. The green star polyps are the ultimate bulletproof soft corals for a beginner saltwater tank–they may actually be able to survive a wound like that–although I don’t recommend that experiment, for a variety of reasons. It is just a metaphor. Green star polyps thrive in the average beginner saltwater tank and will grow on just about any surface.
Looking for a soft coral species that you can easily add to a beginner saltwater tank without dramatically increasing the complexity of keeping everything healthy and thriving? The 5 bulletproof soft corals listed in this article are a great place to start. I’ve had a lot of success with each of them over the years and still have many of them in my tank today.
Want to learn more?
If you want to dive deeper into the world of keeping corals and fish in a reef tank there are a few places you should go next, to dive deeper.
- Check out this definitive guide to setting up a new reef tank.
- Learn more about soft corals
- Want to know which books to add to your library? Check out the reef aquarium book series
- Take the Saltwater Aquarium 101 online course
Watch this short video to learn what it takes to care for soft corals for beginners
What has your experience been with these corals?
Please leave a comment below about your experiences with the corals listed above or share a species you think is a bulletproof soft coral