Many aquarium owners are drawn to the beauty of corals due to their vivid colours. What could be better than seeing your tropical fish swimming around living marine rocks, just as they would in their natural habitat? For many years, it was nearly impossible to keep healthy coral in tanks because their requirements were not fully understood. However, it is now possible to integrate corals into your tank safely and successfully, as long as you have a high quality marine aquarium, such as the ones at www.allpondsolutions.co.uk, and the patience to cure and care for your marine live rock.
Curing Marine Live Rock
Your aquarium is a miniature eco-system and its balance can easily be disturbed by the life that already exists on and within corals. This is why they must be prepared by a process of ‘curing’, which usually takes between three and five weeks. Each rock must be rinsed in salt water and placed in a separate salt water tank. This tank should be heated between 21/27 degrees centigrade and it’s recommended that you use a wavemaker to keep the water moving. Scrub at the rock with a soft brush to remove any dead matter and keep the light levels low to discourage the growth of algae. Make sure that you test the nitrate and ammonia levels weekly and when they reach a stable reading, the rock can be added to your main aquarium.
Good Corals for Beginners
Soft corals are an easier starting choice for beginners, because they require less light and less than perfect water standards than their harder, more colourful, and more difficult to accommodate counterparts. Don’t be tempted to dive straight in with hard corals because of their more striking colour if you aren’t confident.
Arranging Your Corals
To correctly arrange your live rock, you should be aware of the conditions that different types of rocks prefer and whether or not they are hostile to one another. Harder corals, the most difficult variety to keep, require maximum lighting and flow so it’s best to position them at the top of the tank. Mushroom corals like medium height in the aquarium and disc anemones prefer to be on the sandy bed at the bottom of the tank. Make sure that fish are able to move in and out of the corals when you are arranging them. As long as you provide the correct conditions in terms of water flow, light and temperature, your corals should flourish and begin to populate your tank with new and fascinating forms of life.
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