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Tools and Techniques for Fragging Corals

In the previous post, Introduction to Coral Fragging,  we talked about the dream that most of us share, to have a thriving reef aquarium, filled with Small Polyp Stony (SPS), Large Polyp Stony (LPS) and Soft Coral species all growing like gangbusters. But you can’t just buy that stuffed tank, you have to grow into it–and one of the most efficient and effective ways to grow into the aquarium of your dreams is to have …

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How to feed corals

How to feed Corals in a Reef Aquarium Feeding the corals in our reef aquariums is both an art and science. Marine biologists study corals in their natural environment, under “perfect” conditions. We use their research findings to provide our reef tanks with the best possible conditions.  We have come a long way in learning how to care for our corals. In the early days of reef keeping, some critics said we were simply robbing …

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Zooxanthellae: Symbiotic Coral Algae

Zooxanthellae: Symbiotic coral algae What are Zooxanthellae? Zooxanthellae are single-celled algae that live symbiotically with corals, clams and anemones. That was a mouthful and a bit nerdy, so let’s take a little bit deeper at each of the important terms there: Single-celled: Living things are made of cells. You are made of cells, but millions of tiny cells make up each and every organ in your body. Single-celled organisms, like an amoeba or zooxanthellae are …

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How to Frag Your First Coral

Do you keep soft corals in your aquarium? Have you ever bought a coral frag from your local fish store, or a fellow hobbyist and wondered just how exactly they did it? Have you thought about fragging coral in your aquarium, but weren’t sure where to start?   This article is written to show you how to have success fragging coral for your saltwater aquarium. Very simply, coral fragging is the process of cutting, breaking, …

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 all directions. That vision has been ingrained in my mind since the first day I …

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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, provided by powerheads, intense lighting, and optimal, stable water chemistry. Probably the most popular family of small polyp stony corals (SPS) seen in the hobby are members of Acroporidae, which includes species …

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Mushroom Corals

Mushroom Corals Mushroom Corals or Corallimorphs are great beginner corals because they are some of the easiest species to care for. I recommend mushroom corals for hobbyists at any level. Mushroom Corals are a great first coral The corallimorphs get their name because the individual polyps are large and fleshy. In lower light environments, the polyps seem to stretch upward in the water column, creating a mushroom-like appearance.  In normal-to-higher light environments, the polyps lie flat along the substrate …