Types of Corals for Your First Reef Tank

It’s natural to want your first reef to pop with color and exotic creatures. You are spending money to bring something different and aesthetically pleasing into your home or office. But where to start? There are many corals species such as Agaricia agaricites, Diploria labyrinthiformis and Acanthophyllia for sale. However, these may not be the easiest to maintain. Below we will help you discover some of the best corals to buy for your new reef tank. These corals are not only beautiful but they are also fairly easy to look after.

Leather Corals 

If you are a beginner, leather corals might be the best place for you to start. These are larger corals that are usually shaped like toadstool mushrooms. They make a nice decorative centerpiece and your fish will love them almost as much, if not more, than you do. They do not require a lot of maintenance which is what makes them the best coral for beginners. There might be a point when these corals will start to shrink, but do not worry. This is just the coral cleaning itself and as long as you have proper water flow the coral will soon stretch out again.

Bubble Corals

Another relatively easy coral for beginners is the bubble coral. Bubble coral is more of a stony coral and likes to be kept in the darker corners of the reef tank. This is great if you want to place your tank in a darker atmosphere but you are worried that the lighting might affect the corals. At night these corals will also shrink, but tentacles will come out to grab onto prey so they can feed. By morning the coral will look just as it did when you went to sleep.

Trumpet Coral

If you are looking for a splash of color, the trumpet coral is the perfect pick for you. These small corals are very easy to take care of, they are small, and they usually come in various green or blue shades. This makes them very aesthetically pleasing to keep in your reef tank, without having to worry about taking care of their special requirements like most of the other colorful corals out there.

Star Polyps

Last but not least, star polyps. This is not the most aesthetically pleasing coral, but it is the ideal coral for beginners. It is almost impossible to kill, like a cactus or aloe plant, and it requires little to no work. This coral looks like mossy grass at the bottom of your reef tank, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be aesthetically pleasing. If you are a beginner who has never worked with coral before, and you aren’t sure where to begin, this is the coral that you should choose.

Those are the top corals we recommend for any beginners starting a reef. They do not require a lot of maintenance and they will make your first reef tank look beautiful. As you learn more about creating and painting a reef, you can slowly introduce more complex corals.


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