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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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frogspawn coral care: Euphyllia divisa

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Frogspawn coral care The Frogspawn coral, Euphyllia divisa, is an LPS coral relative of the hammer coral and torch coral. The frogspawn is very similar,in appearance, to the hammer coral, except that the polyps are branched with round lobes, as can be seen in the images on this page. Frogspawn corals …

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Ricordea

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Introduction The Ricordea, or flower mushroom coral, is a very popular mushroom anemone (coral) among the saltwater aquarium enthusiasts, because they are relatively easy to keep and have some amazing coloration. The two most popular species in the hobby are Ricordea florida and Ricordea yuma. R. florida inhabits in the tropical …

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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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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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Duncan coral: Duncanopsammia axifuga

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The Duncan coral, duncanopsammia axifuga, has large, fleshy polyps and looks a little bit like a zoanthid or other button polyp species, but it is really a large polyp stony (LPS) coral. Duncan corals are sometimes also called whisker coral or daisy coral. Like all LPS corals, duncans have a …

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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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Cabbage Leather Coral

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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 …

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