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Kenya Tree Coral Care: Capnella spp.

The Kenya tree coral (Capnella spp.) is a hardy soft coral species tolerant of a range of living conditions. This makes it great for beginner aquarists. In terms of color, this rapidly growing soft coral species might appear somewhat drab. They’re generally available in shades of brown, gold, or even …

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Google Underwater Street View

Do you know what Google Underwater Street View is? Check this out. Google Underwater is an interactive 360-degree self-guided tour of the world’s most breathtaking coral reef views that you can enjoy anywhere and any time you want. Would you agree with me that watching corals and saltwater fish is …

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Bird’s Nest Coral Care Guide

The bird’s nest coral is a small polyp stony coral (shortened to SPS by many aquarium owners) with thin yellow, green, purple, or pink branches that grow into a densely intertwined mass resembling a bird’s nest. (No one said biologists were creative with their naming schemes) As far as SPS …

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Acan Coral Care Guide

Acanthastrea corals, commonly known as acan coral or acan lords, are large polyp stony (LPS) corals and one of the most beautifully colored coral species. They come in purple, red, green, blue, orange, brown, rust, pale tan, and pale grey. The family includes many species with different names. And many …

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Toadstool Coral Care

The toadstool coral is a perfect beginner coral for saltwater aquariums. They are soft corals and require conditions typical for success in any reef tank. Toadstool corals belong to the leather coral group and are often sold in different varieties based on their color or the size of their polyps. …

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5 Best Soft Corals for Beginners to Reef Tanks

Looking for an easy-to-grow coral species to add to your new reef tank? Here are the five best soft corals for beginners. They’re hardy, tolerant, and even help keep problem algae from being too much of a pest in your tank. Table of Contents If you’re eager to figure out which …

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Elegance Coral: Catalaphyllia jardinei

Elegance coral (Catalaphyllia jardinei) is an awesome large polyp stony (LPS) coral for the mixed reef tank. This elegant coral is an anemone look-alike and has long, flowing tentacles, although it is more closely related to frogspawn, torch, and hammer corals than it is to sea anemones. Several different color …

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Zoanthid Coral Care Guide

Zoanthid corals, affectionately called zoas by aquarium hobbyists in online forums (I guess because “zoanthid corals” is too long to type), are a trendy type of coral kept in reef tanks. Why? Because they are relatively easy to grow, maintain, frag,  AND they are available in amazing, brilliant, fluorescent colors. They …

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Torch Coral: A Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Beginner Coral

The Torch coral, Euphyllia glabrescens, is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral that originates from Indo-Pacific reefs. The torch coral has long, flowing, fleshy polyps that extend from a calcified (stony) base. In moderate water flow, these corals look a bit like a torch (where they get their common name). …