Hello, everyone! Today we’ll go through our top five sustainable soft corals for any nano-reef aquarium. Many new aquarists keep marine fish and live rock in their aquariums. They want to keep corals as well. They worried about the steep learning curve they’ll face. Soft corals are a great place to start for novices. They’re easy to keep and water quality tolerant, and they’ll help you get through the coral-keeping learning curve.
One of the best things about softies, they are almost all aquacultured. We’ll show you our top five simplest soft corals to keep in your nano-reef aquarium in today’s article. Xenia Polyps are one of the most beginner-friendly corals. They thrive in a variety of aquariums, including nano-reef aquariums. Xenia Polyps, which come in a variety of types, will give movement to any nano-reef aquarium.
Pom-Poms Xenia, one of the most popular aquacultured species. With their constantly rising and pulsing coral heads that may be absolutely hypnotic to behold. Xenia do well if given microplankton or other filter feeding diets. They prefer a tiny bit of iodine and trace elements added to the water. They require only minimal light levels and water circulation.
Xenia Polyps one of the first soft corals recommended for hobbyists who want to learn how to frag via cutting. They easily proliferate in any aquarium. One of the first soft corals recommended for hobbyists who want to learn how to frag through cutting. Aquacultured Zoanthid Polyps are a robust, vibrant coral that we recommend for anyone’s nano-reef. They come in a variety of hues and may easily reproduce in an aquarium. Covering your bottom and rocks in no time.
Zoanthid Polyps, like Xenia Polyps, require low light and a strong current. Green Star Polyps, a type of encrusting soft coral that will cover your aquarium’s rocks and substrate, as well as the walls. The polyp of most Starburst species is a dazzling electric green hue with a purple matte base. The encrusting purple base may simply sliced and pasted to other rocks or hard substrates. Making it a very simple species to grow. It has the ability to grow really quickly. Wil take over and grow over practically any hard surface in your aquarium.
This is one of the greatest plants for beginning aquarists. It is incredibly hardy and grows quickly in almost any tank. Toadstool and Leather Corals mushroom-shaped corals that excellent indicators for any nano-reef aquarium. Many of the Leather Corals have vivid green polyps that look great under actinic blue lighting. The Toadstool type has a brown foundation with paler colored polyps. The long, thin polyps that spread out from the surface of happy Toadstools and Leather Corals are a strong indicator that things are going well in your aquarium. They can grow to enormous sizes in a short period of time and thrive in almost any area in your nano-reef.
Clove Polyps are a type of aquacultured soft coral that grows quickly and is easy to maintain. Clove Polyps make up for their lack of color with movement. Their long, elegant tentacles will quickly develop and encrust on other rocks as they sway in the water stream. Because of their lengthy polyps, they are prone to sting by other corals, therefore it’s vital to allow them some room.
These corals, like Xenia Polyps and Zoanthid Polyps, thrive in aquariums where they’re fed microplankton meals and your tank is dosed with iodine and other trace elements on a regular basis.