Coral Care Requirements

Care Level

Easy
Most corals in this category do not have special feeding, strong lighting requirements and can tolerate less than ideal water conditions.

Moderate
Corals in this category demand a bit more attention. E.g., Some of these corals may have special feeding, lighting, or water movement requirements and water conditions closer to natural seawater.

Difficult
Corals that fall into this category demand well established systems with great water quality, water movement and lighting requirements.

Temperament

Peaceful
Corals in this category do not sting nearby neighbor, but they can suffocate other corals by growing over them. Therefore, it is important to keep them under control from growing over other corals.

Semi-Aggressive
Corals in this category possess a potent sting that may harm nearby corals that are not in the same family. Therefore, make sure to provide extra room between each coral.

Aggressive
Corals in this category should be strategically placed and provide plenty of space. Some corals have long stingers that can reach out to a foot in length, therefore, be sure to provide them with extra room for growth.

Lighting

Low
Corals that fall into this category include non-photosynthetic that originate in the deep parts of the reef. These species not do need a lot of light, under 50 PAR is sufficient.

Moderate
Corals that fall into this category have a higher need of lighting. They can be placed from middle to top the aquarium, between 100-200 PAR should be sufficient.

High
Corals that fall into this category demand intense lighting. They can be placed to top of the aquarium, between 350-500 PAR should be sufficient.
Note: New corals should be acclimated in moderate lighting area for a week before moving to high lighting area.

Water Flow

Low
Corals that fall into this category require low water movement or indirect flow and should not be placed in a direct water flow. Example, Zoas and mushrooms.

Medium
Corals that fall into this category require moderate to high water movement to prevent detritus buildup around the corals, as well as bring them the nutritional foods available in the water column.

Strong
Corals that fall into this category require strong, but intermittent and non-indirect water movement to effectively remove wastes and to gather food essential available in the water column.

Placement

Bottom
Bottom placement are recommended for LPS and softy corals with Low to Medium water flow.

Middle
Bottom placement are recommended for LPS and SPS with Moderate to High non-indirect water flow, with Moderate to High lighting.

Top
The top of the aquarium should be reserved for SPS hard corals, and soft corals that require High Light and Water Flow.

Common Name

The scientific family name of the individual coral.

Alias Name

AKA (also known as) by other hobbyist.