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Before you begin setting up a marine tank with corals, do some research on the types of corals you intend to include. Gaining a good understanding of their natural world will help you recreate a similar environment in your new aquarium. This is key to ensuring that your corals will grow and thrive naturally.
Corals are living creatures, and they have special needs just like fish and plants. The types of corals you plan to keep will influence the equipment you’ll need. Consider the following factors during your planning phase.
Verify whether the corals you plan to keep are compatible with each other, as well as with fish and other inhabitants in your aquarium. (For instance, some anemones eat certain species of fish and shrimp).
In order to thrive, corals need space. For soft coral, leave a clear area of approximately 3″ (7.62 cm) around it. For hard coral, provide at least 6″ (15.24 cm).
When introducing coral, use epoxy to keep unattached corals in place. This will help prevent them from tipping over neighbouring coral.
Lighting plays a vital role in the health and growth of corals. Requirements vary depending on the species of coral and should be researched before introduction. Best approach is to select corals with compatible lighting requirements.
Corals rely on water movement to help stay clean. Like lighting, different corals have different needs. Circulation pumps are vital for producing desired water currents.
When shopping for a coral that has been aqua-cultured (not taken from the ocean), check whether it has expanded onto what it was mounted on. This is a sign that the coral is growing and is doing well.
Marine Fish & Coral Importing
Robert Winklmaier of Piscis Volans meets with Fluval’s Tom Sarac to discuss the fascinating world of marine fish and coral importation.
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