The difficulty depends on the species of soft corals-from easy to difficult. Soft corals in the marine acquarium are very popular with the beginners, advanced learners and experts. So one should inquire about maintenance conditions of each species before buying them (Light intensity, feeding options).
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Feeding and multiplication of soft corals
Soft corals depending on the species either feeds on zooxanthellae or nutrients dissolved in water. In salt water tanks it generally leads to asexual reproduction due to division of soft corals. As with most of the corals, soft corals are also separated by very careful cutting off the frags and fixing with the help of injection tubes (or toothpicks) and elastic bands to the rock and substrate. Here coral glue can also be used. Soft corals feed depending on the family, either on the photosynthesis products of symbiotic algae or on the particles dissolved in water and plankton products. The food intake can increase due to increased water flow intensity. Too strong water flow can have a negative effect on the well-being of corals. Soft corals should not be subjected to indirect and too strong water flow.
Which soft corals should they be?
Each soft coral stands out due to its individual colour and form and deserves to have its own space. Due to the sheer quantity of different soft coral species, we limit only to the most popular corals from the arrangement of soft corals. Under Sinularia one can present a dendroid-shaped, finger-shaped corals. The corals separate and thus multiply very slowly but needs time to grow on substrate. Rare examples like Sinularia neon in neon-green comes time and again in the market. Alcyonium versefeldti (blue Sympodium) is another example that the blue colour comes naturally to the corals. These blue soft corals copes very well in medium water flow and less light. Their colour might change in due course of time. They feed on zooxanthellae. Corals from the family of Xeciidae (Xenia and Anthelia) belongs to the fastest growing soft corals. This often long-polyped soft coral is somewhat stubborn when settling in a new tank, but thank the establishment having a very rapid growth. Partially even Xenia is a plague,so it should never be established directly in the reef rather always on a separate rock. So the spreading of Xenia can be well controlled. "Pumping Xenia" takes in food directly through pumping movements.
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In our soft corals – offer, you will regularly find beautiful examples like Sarcophyton Stylophora Mix (Leather coral and hard coral on a substrate), Sinularia sp. XL (very well suited as beginner coral), Lobophytum (Leather coral, easily multiplied, good but no direct water flow) Briareum (long polyped gorgonia, multiplies rapidly, requires sufficient space), Sarcothelia edmondsoni (known as blue Xenia, rare soft coral) and Tubipora musica (rare pipe organ coral, very light-needing, requires chalk water). Our hearty welcome to private customers and dealers across EU. We will give detailed advice in all matters with regards to corals, food, vitamine, lighting, water flow and also keep you updated about new corals and accessories.