A Beginner’s Guide to Set Up an Indoor Coral Reef
Having a hobby is just as overwhelming as any other exciting adventure, but fulfilling a high maintenance hobby like setting up an Indoor coral reef is surely going to be complex. Selecting a coral for your tank is always going to be tough as there are a variety of them to choose from. Therefore, if you want to select one for your aquarium then you should first go through the guide to make the right choice.
As we know, corals flourish and grow well in larger tanks, but they can also be kept in smaller aquarium. One of the best ones to use is the soft corals. They are made of soft tissues and have a wide range of colours to choose from. They can survive well in moderate lighting and can be fed with suspended food particles.
You can get these coral for sale on many online platforms including the Akva Store. This is a very good place where you can buy and sell many aquatic products like fish, plants, equipment, food, corals, supplements and many more.
Types of Soft Corals
There are many different types of soft corals like leathers, gorgonians, discosoma, palythoa, xenias, clove, ricordea and star polyps.
All these coral needs are different as some need a high nutrient environment while some need slow-flowing water.
However, all these corals are easily available on the market.
Soft Corals for Beginners
The best soft corals, which a beginner can go for is:
- Mushroom corals: They are easily available and hardy
- Colt Corals: They are hardy and resemble tree
- Toadstools: They are hardy and come in different colours like brown, yellow and pink
- Zoanthids: They come in different colours and sizes
Packaging of Corals
When you are packing the corals in a plastic bag, make sure that the stone to which the coral is attached needs to be fixed to the Styrofoam. In case, if your bag gets tossed and turned over during the travel then the Styrofoam can float leaving your coral unharmed.
Adding Coral to your new tank
It is very important for your coral to adjust to the new temperature of your tank. You can follow these simple steps:
- Let the coral float along with the plastic bag in the tank for some time so that it adjusts to the temperature of the tank.
- Always place them on the ground of the tank instead of higher spots so that it adjusts to the new place slowly.
- Do not use dirty water initially, as it will make things worse for them. Instead, use nutrient-rich water and ensure that they are in good health. In addition, an iodine supplement is necessary for them.
- Drip every coral you add by using airline drip so that they adjust to the new parameters
Things to be taken care of:
The fumes, which come out of corals, is poisonous. Hence, you need to avoid following things:
- Corals are slimy so avoid them and wash your hand immediately after touching them
- You need good ventilation in the room
- Never ever, boil these sea rocks or corals as they can release poisonous gas, which can affect everyone in the house.