Acan Coral Care Guide

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Acanthastrea corals, commonly known as the Acan Coral or Acan Lords, are Large Polyp Stony corals, and one of the most beautifully colored soft coral species. They come in various shades of purple, red, green, blue, orange, brown, rust or pale tan to pale grey. The family includes many species, which have …

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Sun coral: How to care for and keep Tubastraea

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Sun Corals The Sun Corals, Tubastraea species (Tubastraea sp.), are large polyp stony corals (LPS coral) that are moderately difficult to care for, but quite popular in the hobby. If you take one look at these corals, you totally get why they are called sun corals. The polyps are round, …

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Torch coral: A large polyp stony (LPS) beginner coral

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The Torch coral, Euphylia glabrescens, is a large polyp stony coral that originates from the Indo-pacific reef regions. This LPS coral species (the torch coral), has long, flowing fleshy polyps that extend from a calcified (stony) base. In a moderate water flow, these corals look a bit like a torch, …

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Kenya Tree Coral Care

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Kenya Tree Coral Care Guide The Kenya Tree coral, Capnella sp., is a hardy soft coral species that is tolerant of a range of living conditions, which makes it great for beginner aquarists. In terms of color, this rapidly growing soft corals species is somewhat drab and is generally available …

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The Full Monty: Montipora Corals

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Introduction If you are looking for a great beginner SPS coral, you should give serious consideration to the corals in the genus Monitpora, affectionately called “Monties” by those who care for them. Montipora corals are beautiful and easy to keep corals as long as you keep your water parameters in the …

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Elegance coral–Catalaphyllia jardinei

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Elegance Coral Care Guide Introduction The Elegance Coral, Catalaphyllia jardinei, also known as the Ridge Coral, Wonder Coral or Elegant Coral, is an awesome 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 …

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Zoanthids

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Zoanthids care Zoanthids, also called zoas, button polyps or colonial anemones, are a hardy and diverse Order of coral that are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced aquarists. They are tolerant of a range of aquarium conditions, come in unbelievable bright color morphs and many of them grow very quickly. …

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

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The Candy Cane Coral: (Caulastrea furcata) The candy cane coral is a 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 …

Albert B Ulrich IIICandy Cane Coral: Caulastrea furcata, a great beginner LPS coral species
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SPS Coral

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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 come to mind when someone joins the reef aquarium hobby, sometimes called the ‘true’ corals because they are the corals that …

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LPS Coral

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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 …

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