If you’ve had your tank for a few weeks, it’s probably time to put in some coral! Check out some helpful tips for picking the best coral here.
You’ve likely had your aquarium for a few weeks, and it’s starting to settle. If your tank is out of its nitrogen cycle, congratulations—it’s ready for your first coral! Check out some of our best tips for picking the best corals for your reef tank.
Know What To Look For
There are many factors to consider when it’s time to determine which coral would be a good first for you. Coloration is a huge sign of coral health. Suppose coloration is bright and vibrant. This is an excellent sign of good coral health. As a general rule, avoid corals with dull colors. There are other signs that the coral may be healthy or otherwise not fresh. The coral should be fully extended, and the polyps should be wide open.
Choose the Right Coral for Your Experience Level
You’ll want to get a wide variety of corals to showcase your tank. In general, you’ll be looking for hardy and tolerant corals for all light levels. You might also want to consider a coral that’s tolerant of water pollution if this is your first reef tank. Knowing when to clean your coral and tank can be tough for some beginners. This allows your coral to have a buffer if you fail to clean out your tank for longer than usual. First-timers should also pick out coral that’s very low maintenance. They should be able to grow on their own with minimal care.
Start Small and Work Your Way Up
If your tank is empty, it’s not uncommon to feel the urge to buy dozens of corals. However, I would try to curb that desire. You’ll likely only need two or three to start. Keep in mind that corals are live animals. Each type requires certain lighting, filtration, and maintenance. Juggling all these factors can be overwhelming for the beginner. Instead, get a few simple beginner corals that complement each other, then slowly add more to the tank over time.
These are just a few tips for picking the best coral for your reef tank. It’ll take patience, but if you use these tips, you’ll have a thriving coral reef to call your own in no time!