Considering Corals

Have you ever gone snorkeling or scuba diving and witnessed a beautiful coral reef with exotically colored marine fishes and corals?  More and more hobbyists are choosing to have a little slice of the ocean in their office or living room by establishing a reef aquarium.
If you have been thinking of starting your own coral reef, there are a few things to consider before you start.  Elmer's can help guide you through the best choices of size, lighting, filtration and reef fishes and corals. 

Flowerpot GonioporaFluorescent Green LeatherZoanthid
Tank Set-Up: Generally, to be the most successful, choose the largest volume of gallons based on your physical space and budget. Get a reef ready aquarium with built in overflows, a sump filter, high water flow, and a protein skimmer. 


Water: Use de-ionized, reverse osmosis water with Reef Crystals® sea salt. (Elmer's can supply you with ready to go seawater). It's all about the water!!


Plan Ahead: make a list of the corals and fishes you like, and Elmer's staff can help you to decide the order to add them and the time schedule. Patience is a virtue with a coral reef.  Start your tank with cured live rock.  We have a wide selection to get you started.


Lighting: Choose a good lighting system. For most corals, we like Aquatic Life T5 High Output Lighting® systems. The Fluval Sea LED lighting can be combined with T5 high output lighting for a beautiful reef. 


Food: Learn about the feeding needs of your fishes and corals. Elmer's favorites for feeding our reef inhabitants are PE Mysis Shrimp®, Phyto Plankton, Coral Frenzy®, and FUEL® food supplement. Learn the individual needs of your fish and corals. Feed them well- they are used to a 24-hour smorgasbord in nature. 


When your reef is complete, sit back and enjoy.  Many reef keepers report turning off their TV's; they find their reef more entertaining and relaxing!

Hammer coralTorch coralmontipora

Top Row Photos: Flowerpot Goniopora, Fluorescent Green Leather, Zoanthid

Bottom Row Photos: Hammer, Torch, Montiopora

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