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We hope you enjoy browsing our corals and find something special for your reef. We have a wide selection of soft corals, LPS & SPS corals…with some amazing deals in our £10 bay. Either click on the species tab above, or scroll down to browse all of our stock.

If there’s anything you need to know about the coral your looking at, and you’d prefer some human assistance, you can chat to one of the team by instant chat, email or phone. We have corals and rested frags arriving every Friday, so be sure to check in and see what new stock we have available.

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Corals FAQS

What is the best coral to start with?

Soft corals are generally recommended for beginners due to their higher tolerance for fluctuations in water parameters. This resilience makes them an excellent choice for those new to coral keeping. Soft corals encompass a wide variety of species, offering beautiful colors and shapes to enhance your aquarium. Their adaptability and forgiving nature make them an ideal starting point for hobbyists looking to delve into the world of coral reef aquaculture.

What is the easiest coral to grow?

Among the various types of corals, some of the easiest to grow are often considered to be Soft corals and certain types of large-polyp stony corals (LPS). Soft corals, such as various species of mushroom corals, leather corals, and zoanthids, tend to be more forgiving in terms of water quality and lighting requirements. They typically adapt well to a range of aquarium conditions and can thrive with minimal maintenance. Additionally, some LPS corals like certain types of brain corals and torch corals are known for their relatively low care requirements, making them suitable choices for beginner and intermediate reef aquarists alike.

What size tank do I need for coral?

Generally purchase as large as you can within your space and budget, as you will soon fill your tank. However, nano aquariums or Pico aquariums are both suitable for keeping corals.

The tank size required for keeping coral varies depending on the specific types of coral you intend to keep and your level of experience in reef-keeping. Generally, a larger tank provides more stability in water parameters, which is beneficial for coral health.

For beginners, a reef tank of at least 20 gallons (75 liters) is recommended to provide sufficient space for establishing stable water conditions and accommodating a variety of easy-to-care-for coral species. However, larger tanks, such as those in the range of 50 gallons (189 liters) or more, offer more room for coral growth and diversity, as well as greater stability in maintaining water quality.

Keep in mind that certain corals, particularly large or fast-growing species, may require even larger tanks to thrive and prevent overcrowding. Additionally, the tank’s dimensions, water flow, lighting, and equipment play crucial roles in creating a suitable habitat for coral growth and should be carefully considered when planning your reef aquarium setup.

What do I need to know about keeping coral?

As with all fish keeping, stable conditions are very important to keep your corals healthy. Corals are a species of animal that relies on their symbiotic relationship with a plant like algae.

Keeping coral successfully in a marine aquarium requires careful attention to several key factors:

Water Parameters: Maintaining stable water quality is paramount for coral health. This includes monitoring parameters such as temperature, salinity, pH, alkalinity, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. Regular testing and appropriate adjustments are essential.

Lighting: Coral colonies rely on photosynthesis to thrive, so providing adequate lighting is crucial. Different coral species have varying light requirements, so research the specific needs of the corals you intend to keep and select lighting fixtures accordingly. LED lighting is popular for its energy efficiency and customisable spectrum.

Water Flow: Proper water circulation within the aquarium is essential for delivering nutrients to corals and removing waste products. Consider incorporating powerheads, wavemakers, or pumps to create gentle yet sufficient water movement throughout the tank.

Feeding: While corals obtain the majority of their nutrition through photosynthesis, some species benefit from supplemental feeding. This may include phytoplankton, zooplankton, or coral-specific food products. Be cautious not to overfeed, as excess nutrients can lead to water quality issues.

Placement: Carefully consider the placement of coral within the aquarium to ensure appropriate lighting and water flow. Avoid placing corals too close together to prevent aggression and competition for space. Additionally, be mindful of corals’ growth patterns and spacing requirements as they mature.

Compatibility: Some coral species release toxins or aggressive sweeper tentacles that can harm neighbouring corals. Research the compatibility of different coral species before introducing them to your tank to prevent conflicts and ensure harmonious cohabitation.

Acclimation: Proper acclimation procedures are crucial when introducing new corals to your aquarium to minimise stress and acclimatise them to their new environment. Gradually adjust water parameters such as temperature, salinity, and lighting over some time to help corals transition smoothly. Read our guide on Acclimation Here

Maintenance: Regular maintenance tasks such as water changes, equipment cleaning, and algae control are essential for sustaining a healthy coral reef ecosystem. Stay vigilant for signs of disease, pests, or nutrient imbalances and take prompt action to address any issues that arise.

By understanding and addressing these key aspects of coral care, you can create a thriving reef aquarium that showcases the beauty and diversity of coral ecosystems while providing a suitable habitat for your marine inhabitants.

Can you ship live corals?

Yes! All corals are imported from around the world and shipped in. We’ve sent out a lot of parcels of corals across the UK over the years.

Should you add coral or fish first?

There’s no right or wrong answer. It depends whether your tank is cycled. If you plan to cycle your aquarium with fish, then corals will follow. If you plan on a fishless cycle, then once cycled you could add either fish or corals or both at the same time.

Whether to add coral or fish first to a new aquarium depends on several factors, including the tank’s maturity, water parameters, and the specific needs of the inhabitants. Here are considerations for both scenarios:

Adding Coral First:

Establishing a Stable Environment: Corals are sensitive to fluctuations in water quality, particularly ammonia and nitrite spikes that can occur during the initial cycling process of a new aquarium. By adding coral first, you prioritize creating a stable and mature environment, conducive to coral health.

Lighting and Water Parameters: Corals require specific lighting and water quality conditions to thrive. Adding coral first allows you to establish and fine-tune these parameters to meet the needs of your coral inhabitants without the additional stress of introducing fish.

Avoiding Aggression: Some fish species may exhibit territorial or aggressive behaviour, which can stress or damage newly introduced corals. By adding coral first, you minimise the risk of aggression towards these sessile organisms.

Adding Fish First:

Establishing Biological Filtration: Fish contribute to the biological filtration process by producing waste, which helps establish beneficial bacteria colonies in the aquarium substrate and filter media. This biological filtration is essential for breaking down harmful ammonia and nitrite compounds, creating a more stable environment for coral.

Testing Water Parameters: Monitoring water parameters regularly is crucial during the initial phase of setting up an aquarium. By adding fish first, you can monitor parameters such as ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels to ensure they remain within acceptable ranges before introducing more sensitive coral species.

Algae Control: Fish can help control algae growth in the aquarium by grazing on algae and detritus, reducing competition for space and resources with coral colonies.

Ultimately, the decision to add coral or fish first depends on your specific goals, the tank’s readiness, and the compatibility of the inhabitants. Regardless of the order in which you add them, it’s essential to acclimate new additions slowly to minimize stress and ensure a smooth transition into their new environment. Additionally, maintaining stable water parameters and conducting regular water testing and maintenance are critical for the long-term success of both coral and fish in your aquarium.

What do I feed corals?

All corals require some kind of food however some soft corals will do fine without the addition of coral foods. We recommend quality coral foods like Reef Roids, and Live Phytoplankton. There are lots of coral foods available from our online store.

Do corals need a cycled tank?

Yes, corals generally benefit from being introduced to a cycled aquarium. Cycling a tank refers to the process of establishing beneficial bacteria colonies that help break down toxic compounds such as ammonia and nitrite, converting them into less harmful nitrate. This process typically takes several weeks and involves introducing a source of ammonia, either through fish waste, fish food, or other means, and allowing the beneficial bacteria to populate the tank’s substrate, filter media, and surfaces.

Cycling is important for corals for several reasons:

Stable Water Parameters: Corals are sensitive to fluctuations in water quality, particularly to elevated levels of ammonia and nitrite, which can be harmful or even fatal. A cycled tank provides a more stable environment with lower levels of these toxic compounds, reducing stress on coral colonies.

Established Microbiome: An established aquarium ecosystem supports a diverse community of microorganisms, including beneficial bacteria, algae, and other organisms. These microorganisms play essential roles in nutrient cycling, water purification, and overall ecosystem health, which can benefit coral growth and vitality.

Nutrient Availability: Cycling a tank helps establish nutrient cycling processes that provide essential nutrients to corals, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and trace elements. This nutrient availability supports coral growth, coloration, and overall health.

While some hardy corals may tolerate being introduced to a new aquarium during the cycling process, it’s generally recommended to wait until the tank has completed its cycling phase and water parameters are stable before adding corals. Additionally, proper acclimation procedures should be followed to minimize stress when introducing corals to a new environment. Overall, cycling a tank provides a solid foundation for maintaining a healthy and thriving coral reef ecosystem.

How many corals can you put in a tank?

It is very easy to fill your new tank with lots of beautiful corals…however be careful and remember to leave space between corals, as they will grow and compete for real estate.

Do corals need live rock?

Live rock is your systems natural biological filtration. It also is a surface area for which your corals will colonize and spread.

Live rock can be beneficial for coral reef aquariums, but whether corals absolutely need it depends on various factors. Here’s a breakdown:

Benefits of Live Rock for Corals:

Biological Filtration: Live rock harbors a diverse community of beneficial bacteria, algae, and microorganisms essential for biological filtration. These organisms help break down organic waste and convert harmful compounds like ammonia and nitrite into less toxic forms, maintaining water quality conducive to coral health.

Microbial Diversity: Live rock contributes to the overall biodiversity of the aquarium ecosystem by hosting a range of microorganisms, including denitrifying bacteria and beneficial algae. This microbial diversity supports nutrient cycling and promotes a more stable and resilient aquarium environment.

Natural Habitat: Live rock provides a naturalistic habitat for corals, offering surfaces for attachment, shelter, and growth. Many corals, especially those with encrusting or branching growth forms, benefit from colonizing live rock structures as they expand their colonies.

Calcium and Trace Elements: Live rock can release calcium and trace elements into the water over time, which are essential for coral growth and skeletal development. These minerals contribute to the overall mineral balance of the aquarium and support coral calcification processes.

Alternatives to Live Rock:

While live rock can offer significant benefits to coral reef aquariums, it’s not strictly necessary for maintaining a successful coral tank. Some hobbyists opt for alternative filtration methods, such as using dry rock or synthetic ceramic structures, supplemented with biological filtration media like bio balls or ceramic rings.

Dry rock, typically composed of limestone or other inert materials, can serve as a substrate for coral attachment and provide surface area for beneficial bacteria colonization. While it lacks the immediate biological activity of live rock, dry rock can become “live” over time as beneficial bacteria colonize its surfaces.

Ultimately, whether corals need live rock depends on individual tank setups, preferences, and goals. Live rock can enhance biodiversity, promote naturalistic aquascaping, and contribute to long-term aquarium stability, but it’s not the only option for successful coral keeping.