Keeping corals in a healthy aquarium might make beginner saltwater aquarists a bit nervous but with recent technology and knowledge about how to be successful with these beautiful creatures, it’s easy even for beginners to keep corals in a saltwater aquarium.
There are many easy to care for and hardy low light corals that are perfect for beginner aquariums.
When we talk about low light, we are talking about fluorescent lighting with few bulbs or some inexpensive low output LED options. Find out which low light corals will be perfect for your aquarium with the list below.
Polyps, Mushrooms, Soft Corals or Leathers
The easiest corals to care for are Polyps, Mushrooms, Soft Corals or Leathers. They prefer low lighting in the 50-150 PAR range.
Most of these species don’t require too much effort to maintain, and are fast growing which allows you to quickly add color and movement to the tank.
LPS Corals (Large Polyp Stony) corals are large calcareous corals with big fleshy polyps. Some LPS will require a bit more effort to care for because they have a calcium-based structure and therefore, it’s important to have steady water change cycles.
Here are some LPS Corals that grow well with low light, (PAR 50- 250 range) low to medium water flow and are easy for beginners to take care of.
With these low light corals, it’s also important to know that the water conditions must be kept stable. Like mentioned above, when water conditions are not to the preferences of your corals, they will let you know by either not growing successfully or closing up their polyps.
In order to keep corals successfully, you will need to make sure that you: have done the proper research about each different coral you plan to keep, know the water parameters required, and know whether or not they would be compatible with other species of corals and fish in your tank.
What's Your Experience?
Have you had any experience with any of the easy low light corals listed above? Or do you have any suggestions to add to the list?
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