About my live coral for sale

 

 

 

 

Ian’s Coral Reef

Passionate about coral aquaculture

If you are looking for live coral for sale, get in touch with Ian’s Coral Reef. I am a passionate hobbyist who is offering many different types of live aquacultured corals – such as soft coral, LPS coral and SPS coral – as well as phytoplankton and coral foods to fellow enthusiasts throughout the UK. If you are just starting out, don’t worry – I ship the coral to you within 24 hours of agreed date and provide detailed instructions on coral care over on my YouTube cannel. Looking after aquacultured corals is a wonderfully destressing, rewarding experience, and I want to share that love with you by offering live coral for sale in Brighton, Hove and the rest of the UK.

Keep on reading to learn more about my live coral for sale and take a look at my YouTube channel for further information on properly maintaining Euphyllia coral, Montipora coral, and more.

 

 

 

What are coral?

Corals are invertebrates that have existed for around 500 million years. Whether they are sentient creatures is still unknown, but we do know that they are photosynthetic, taking in sunlight through the algae that grows on its surface. Corals are effectively made up of thousands of tiny coral creatures called polyps. Each polyp secretes a harder external skeleton of limestone, which gives aquacultured corals their unique colour and shape. In the right conditions, coral can grow six feet tall and live for 900 years! They are fascinating, ubiquitous and constantly evolving creatures.

To learn more about my live coral for sale, check out my YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Live coral for sale

*No deliveries will be automatically sent without prior contact with you via email. All corals are shipped within a waterproof plastic container or doubled bagged, they are then placed within a food standard insulated Poly box and in most cases will be accompanied via a 24-hour heat pack. 

 

 

Live soft corals for sale. Coral aquaculture Ian's Coral Reef in Brighton, UK. Coral icon 1.

Soft coral

Soft corals can be aimed at beginners. This is because they have bigger mouths, making them easier to feed, and do not require intense high-quality lighting. They also generally prefer tanks with slightly higher levels of PO4 and NO3 (phosphate and nitrate). Soft corals reproduce very easily, and their need for less lights and  make them ideal aquacultured corals for people who are just starting out.

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Live LPS corals for sale. Coral aquaculture Ian's Coral Reef in Brighton, UK. Coral icon 2.

LPS coral

A hard, stony coral with a large “flower” type head, LPS corals require more maintenance due to their skeletal stony base being harder to look after. They also take in more calcium and alkalinity, meaning that its water needs to be more regularly replenished. I recommend the use of a 2 part or 3 part dosing regime. When it comes to the feeding process, LPS corals require the same treatment as soft coral.

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Live SPS corals for sale. Coral aquaculture Ian's Coral Reef in Brighton, UK. Coral icon 3.

SPS coral

SPS corals can grow quickly and assume a stick or encrusting-like structure. They require more advanced maintenance for a number of reasons. Their small polyps, for instance makes is harder to feed, along with necessitating stronger light. Their quick growth means that its calcium carbonate skeleton uses up more elements in the water, so constant and consistent replenishment is particularly important for maintaining proper health.

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Coral care essentials

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Water care

Proper water care is fundamental to the health of aquacultured corals. Due to being photosynthetic, corals require clear water in order to absorb enough light, while temperature must also be carefully monitored. Corals generally live in water temperatures of 22 to 26°C. Moreover, it is crucial to keep the water free of pollution that could harm the growth of aquacultured corals.

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Lighting

Striking the right balance of lighting is another fundamental aspect of coral care. Too little light will cause the coral to turn brown in colour due to a lack of nutrients getting through, while too much light could cause unhealthy bleaching. Very few corals require intense lighting, so before purchasing and installing my live coral for sale, please make sure that you understand the care requirements for your aquacultured corals.

 

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Feeding

Corals with larger mouths can be fed directly with phytoplankton and other macroscopic prey. This type of feeding is needed for LPS coral. I also have coral food available for you to order, providing a variety of particle sizes. Moreover, aquacultured corals can also absorb dissolved nutrients in the water from other organisms such as plankton and other proteins and fatty acids.

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Maintenance

To ensure that your corals are living in a perfect healthy environment, follow the below instructions:

  • Test pH levels and alkalinity once a week
  • Test calcium levels once a week
  • Test ammonia and nitrite levels once a week
  • Test nitrate levels once a week
  • Test phosphate levels once a week

 

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