Coral Caresheets

Sensitivity/Difficulty:
Level 1 - easy to care for, good corals for the novice aquarist
Level 2 - require slightly more attention than level 1 corals, but
still generally tolerant
Level 3 - require stable, established aquariums and care by an
experienced aquarist
Level 4 - should only be kept by the most experienced aquarists
Level 5 - not known to be able to survive in aquariums, even under the
care of the most experienced aquarists


Lighting Scale (approximations):

Level 0 - no light
...
Level 3 - one foot below modest VHO or T5 fluorescent lighting
...
Level 5 - two feet below extensive VHO or T5 fluorescent lighting
...
Level 6 - one foot below extensive VHO or T5 fluorescent lighting
Level 7 - two feet below 250 watt single ended MH light (
or 150-175 watt MH with HQI ballast)
Level 8 - one foot below 250 watt single ended MH light (
or 150-175 watt MH with HQI ballast)
...
Level 10 - one foot below 400 watt single ended MH
(or 250 watt MH with HQI ballast)

Guide to Care Pages

All care sheets have been written with guidance from experienced professional aquarists, including Bill Hoffman of the Smithsonian Aquarium in Florida.
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Acropora
Acanthastrea
Blastomussa/ Micromussa
Carnation Coral
Catalaphyllia (Elegance Coral)
Caulastrea (Trumpet and Candy Cane Coral)
Clove Coral
Corallimorphia (Ricordia and mushrooms)
Duncan Corals
Euphyllia (Hammer, Torch and Fox Coral)
Favia and Favites (and other Moon corals)
Fungiidae
Galaxea
Goniopora
Gorgonians (Sea Fans and Sea Rods)
Heliopora (Blue Coral)
Leather Corals
Lobophyllia/ Symphyllia/ other Mussideans
Montipora
Pavona (Cactus Coral)
Pectiniidae (Chalice Coral)
Pipe Organ Coral
Plerogyra and Physogyra (Bubble Coral)
Pocillopora (and Stylophora)
Porites
Seriatopora (Bird's Nest)
Star Polyps
Sun Coral (Azooxanthellate)
Trachyphylliidae (Lobed Brain Coral)
Turbinaria
Xenia
Zoanthids

 
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