Reef tank – ‘soft’ corals
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