Corals used for Pet Aquariums

by Cedar Pet Supply 18 apr
# Pet Tips
# Saltwater Fish & Coral

Corals Used for Pet Aquariums

A variety of brightly colored coral in an aquarium.

For those interested in having a stunning and thriving saltwater aquarium, incorporating coral is a must. Coral not only adds aesthetic appeal to your aquarium, but they also serve as a natural filtration system and provide a safe haven for your fish and other aquatic creatures. However, with so many types of coral available, it can be daunting to choose which ones to include in your tank. In this article, we'll discuss some of the most popular coral types used in pet aquariums.


Small Polyp Stony

A small polyps coral.
small polyp stony

SPS, or Small Polyp Stony, corals are a type of hard coral with small polyps that extend from their calcified skeleton. These corals require intense lighting and water flow to thrive. However, they can grow quickly and provide a beautiful, vibrant display of colors.


Large Polyp Stony

A large purple coral polyps
large polyp stony

LPS, or Large Polyp Stony, corals have larger polyps than SPS corals and are also hard corals. They are often easier to care for than SPS corals, making them a popular choice for beginners. LPS corals can have unique shapes and colors and add a striking visual effect to any aquarium.


Soft Corals

Green and purple corals.
Soft Corals

Softies, or Soft Corals, are the easiest to care for among the different types of coral. They don't have a hard skeleton like SPS and LPS corals, but instead have a flexible structure that sways with the water movement. Softies can add a variety of colors and textures to an aquarium and can grow quickly.


Leather Corals

Leather Corals are a soft coral with a leathery texture that adds a unique and stunning visual appeal to any aquarium. They are easy to care for and can tolerate a range of lighting and water flow conditions.


Mushroom Corals

Mushroom Corals are a type of soft coral that can add a pop of color to your aquarium. They grow quickly and can be easily propagated, making them a great option for beginners.


Euphyllia Corals

Euphyllia Corals, such as Torch and Hammer corals, are LPS corals that can have long, flowing tentacles. They come in various colors and add a stunning visual effect to an aquarium. Euphyllia corals require moderate lighting and water flow to thrive.


Incorporating coral into your pet aquarium can add a stunning visual appeal and provide a natural filtration system. With the various types of coral available, it's essential to choose ones that suit your aquarium's lighting, water flow, and skill level. By doing so, you'll create a thriving and healthy ecosystem for your aquatic pets.