Most novice as well as experienced aquarists are always leery when the idea of starting a reef tank using marine corals is raised. This isn’t hard to understand as the complicated requirements scare away many people. However, there is a report developed a scientist turned hobbyist who has helped many hobbyist finally succeed in keeping a healthy marine aquarium. This guide to keeping healthy saltwater aquarium will help you successfully keep brain coral, whether you have a you have a nano, micro or mini aquarium.
Brain coral simply refers to a group of tiny, polyp-like creatures that team up to form a hardened exoskeleton in a pattern resembling the human brain. Over centuries, countless colonies of these sea creatures eventually form coral reefs, which are just groups of different coral species. Brain coral are very closely related to sea anemones, jellyfish and several other coral species. Their main source of food is algae, though they also feed on small tissues from animals as they drift in the ocean currents. If you are a fish hobbyist keen on rearing brain coral in your aquarium, toll back your sleeves and read through this important guide.
Things you need to know
In the information age that we live in, knowledge is often equated to power. Before you even start rearing brain coral, you need to gather as mush information as possible about the sea creatures. Here are some of the most important facts you need to always have at your finger tips:
- Habitat: The first and most important thing you need to know is the kind of habitat brain coral thrive in. Like nearly all other coral, brain coral love to inhabit saline waters. This is why they are present in most saltwater environments around the globe. Trying to raise them in a fresh water aquarium will be a failure for sure.
- Sand: The secret to raring coral successfully has always been trying as much as possible mimic their natural habitat. This is why you must provide a layer of sand beneath the brain coral. Keeping the aquarium as close as possible to their natural habitat will also help a lot.
- Feeding: The best time to feed the coral is at night, when the coral is likely to be opened. Naturally, they rely on algae, plankton and small animal tissues for food. However, you can feed them on most raw seafoods ranging from scallops to shrimps. Cut these into tiny pieces and place upon the coral when open. The good news is that you only do this 2-3 times every week.
- Temperature & pH: Being a fish hobbyist, you know more than anyone else that coral thrive under very specific temperature and pH conditions. Ensure your aquarium water is maintained between 17 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You can check the pH balance of your tank to maintain it at marine levels.
Now that you have all the information, you can start rearing brain coral.