Soft corals are a type of coral that is not attached to the ocean floor. Instead, they are anchored by a small, finger-like structure called a holdfast. Soft corals are found in all the world’s oceans and come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Many soft corals are filter feeders, meaning they capture small particles of food from the water column.
Soft corals are a beautiful and popular addition to many saltwater aquariums. However, they can be difficult to keep alive in captivity. This is because soft corals are very sensitive to changes in water quality and need to be kept in a well-established aquarium with stable water parameters.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your soft corals healthy:
1. Choose the right species for your aquarium.
Some soft corals are more difficult to care for than others. Do your research to make sure you are choosing a species that is compatible with your tank size, water parameters, and lighting.
2. Provide adequate lighting.
Soft corals need bright lighting to thrive. Most aquarium lights will not provide enough light for soft corals, so you will likely need to supplement with additional lighting such as metal halide or T5 fluorescent bulbs.
3. Keep up with water changes.
Water quality is extremely important for soft corals. Be sure to do regular water changes and monitor your water parameters closely.
4. Feed your corals.
Many soft corals are filter feeders and need to be fed small particles of food. You can purchase commercial coral food or make your own by blending seafood or fish food in a blender.
By following these tips, you can successfully keep soft corals in your aquarium and enjoy their beauty for years to come.