Reef tank – ‘soft’ corals

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine Guide -

The first type of reef tank is the eas­ier of the two. So-called ‘soft’ corals lack the rigid cal­cium skele­tons of ‘hard’ (or stony) corals, which ac­tu­ally makes them less de­mand­ing.

While larger soft corals are some­times quite brown and bland in colour, there’s a whole gal­axy of smaller soft coral colonies like but­ton polyps and mush­rooms that can ri­val many hard coral tanks.

A soft coral tank is con­sid­er­ably harder to run than a fish-only set-up as it re­quires much more at­ten­tion to wa­ter qual­ity – the amount of pol­lu­tants that the tank builds up. There’s also the re­quire­ment for sup­ple­ments to keep the corals healthy and happy, plus the ad­di­tional work of feed­ing your corals.

SET-UP COST: MID TO HIGH RUN­NING COST: MID

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