AnswerLive rock is home to various forms of marine life as it is harvested from the ocean. It’s always amazing to see how many creatures, corals, and sponges grow from live rock as it matures. One of the disadvantages of using live rock is you also get many hitchhikers that can be undesirable in a reef aquarium. Choosing to use live rock over cultured rock is greatly debated and comes with pros and cons.
AnswerIt is normally quite apparent when a coral is healthy, look for healthy polyps, coloration and make sure that the coral is free from exposed skeleton, discolored flesh, or obvious parasites like flatworms.
Live corals range greatly in price, prices can range from $20 to thousands of dollars depending on the size, shape, and rarity of the coral. There are many beautiful corals available at incredibly inexpensive prices. Many hobbyists have corals available for trade or sale at very reasonable prices.
There are various methods used for attaching coral to a Frag plug or host rock such as:- Cyanoacrylate coral glue, crazy glue,
- Using a rubber band to hold the coral on a surface until it attaches naturally, this method is normally only used for soft coral like leather coral
Toothpicks can also be used with soft corals that often do not stick with coral glue, you can push a toothpick through the base of the coral and then use a rubber band to hold it to the surface until it attaches naturally.
Mushrooms usually attach themselves to rock, other corals need to be glued using coral glue or an epoxy stick.
This is an exceedingly difficult question to answer, it really depends on the coral and the conditions within the aquarium. Some corals like soft corals can quickly attach to a new surface, other slow-growing corals take longer to attach. Make sure when trying to attach to corals that you put them in a sheltered or protected environment until they attach and adjust to their new home.
Growing corals needs time and patience, but if we had to list the easiest and fastest-growing corals, they would beLeather Corals (Toadstool leather, Finger leather, Cabbage leather)
Polyps (Green star, Clove, Zoanthids, Pulsing Xenia)
Have you ever seen a stock picture of a beautiful coral, you buy it thinking it will look like the photo? Sometimes that is not the case. What you see is what you get corals/ WYSIWYG corals are exactly what you think! You get the exact coral features in the photo.
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Yes, adding too many corals in a tank at once is not a good approach. Most of the time it results in corals battling corals. It is best to do in-depth research about fish compatibility with corals, and coral vs. coral compatibility. The best approach is to keep it small and not let it go out of control. Also, read the Acclimation Guide for more info on How to acclimate corals/fish in an aquarium tank.
Absolutely, overfeeding coral can not only be detrimental to the coral but also to overall water quality. Adding little bits of coral food often is a much better approach than adding too much food at once. Keep an eye on the corals when feeding, you will quickly start to learn the feeding habits of the coral and increase or decrease the amount of food depending on their reaction. Make sure and test your water often to ensure that you are not overfeeding and causing a detrimental effect on the overall health of your aquarium.
Corals can close up for a few days and the most common reason is sloughing, a process of removing the layer of dead skin. Sloughing is a form of natural bathing. During this time corals remain closed. It can be due to a change in water quality in the tank.