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

The candy cane coral is an 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, and can, therefore, be kept relatively closer to other peaceful coral species without causing any problems. A healthy, growing candy cane …

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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 comes 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 SPS coral tank may be the first thing thought of, they are often the last …

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LPS Coral

What is an LPS Coral? LPS coral is the name given to the group of coral species that have a stony skeleton, made from calcium carbonate, and large fleshy polyps. Many of the popular LPS coral species look a bit like a cross between a small polyp stony coral and a soft coral. The most commonly available LPS coral species are: Hammer Corals Torch Frogspawn Bubble corals Acans Duncans Candy Cane Trumpet coral Brain corals Blastomussa Elegance Coral Proper care …

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Cabbage Leather Coral Care and Placement

Introduction to caring for the Cabbage Leather Coral The cabbage leather coral is a hardy soft coral that makes an excellent beginner coral species and gets its common name because it grows on short stalks, close to the rock, with large fleshy lobes that are shaped somewhat like the leaves of a plant, like cabbage. The color is generally between pink and brown, although blue and green highlights are able to be seen in some varieties and …

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Toadstool Leather Coral Care

Introduction to caring for the Toadstool Leather Coral The toadstool coral is a perfect beginner coral for the saltwater aquarium. They are a saltwater reef soft coral and require the conditions typical for success with just about any reef tank. Toadstool leather corals are often sold as different varieties, based on their color or the size of their polyps. Long polyped, short polyps, green polyp, and Yellow Fiji Leather are three commonly available varieties of toadstool …

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On sale for a limited time only

Hi, just a quick note here to let you know that How to Frag Corals: A Simple Guide to Coral Propagation and Coral Fragging for the Marine Reef Aquarium Hobbyist is available now, for Pre-Order, at ~50% off the list price. The book is available for Pre-Orders now. Reserve your copy at 50% off the list price between now and January 19th. Most of us dream of having a tank filled with our favorite corals, but it can …

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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 local fish stores to continue to add more coral species to your aquarium. In article …