In order for your coral to live, you will need to know how to feed it. Most corals need adequate lighting to "activate" the zooxanthellae that resides in the corals body. Photosynthetic corals use this zooxanthellae to feed. Some corals are non-photosynthetic which means that they must capture their own food. These corals benefit from plankton and other forms of food.


Corals in an aquarium must be properly positioned in order to have a chance at living. Light, food and current is what plays the role of success or death in the aquarium world. Too much or too little light can keep the coral from feeding on the zooxanthellae. Lack of food (plankton, krill etc) and the coral may starve. Too little water current and the coral may never extend it's polyps. Too much and tissue damage may occur.

Corals require great water quality. In fact, some corals will perish in hours if the parameters are too far off. Proper Specific Gravity level of around 1.024 - 1.026 is required. 0 Nitrates, 0 Nitrite, 0 Ammonia, 0 Phosphate are all desired levels. These levels are not always possible but keeping them at or near will yield best results.


Acropora Coral

Acropora like so many other corals varies in price. Medium size starts around $39.00. High intensity lighting is a must for most species but some will do OK with moderate lighting.