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Zoanthid Frags

Soft Coral Care Sheet

Soft corals, known for their flexible, fleshy structures, add graceful movement and vibrant colors to a reef aquarium. Proper care is essential to ensure the health and thriving of these unique corals.

Tank Requirements:
1. Tank Size: Provide a tank with a minimum of 30 gallons for a variety of soft corals. Larger tanks offer more space for diverse species.

2. Water Parameters:
- Temperature: 74-80°F (23-27°C)
- Salinity: 1.024-1.026
- pH: 8.1-8.4
- Alkalinity: 8-12 dKH
- Calcium: 400-450 ppm
- Magnesium: 1250-1350 ppm
- Phosphates: <0.03 ppm
- Nitrate: <5 ppm

3. Lighting:
- Provide low to moderate lighting. LED systems with adjustable intensity and a spectrum including blue, white, and violet are suitable.

1. Water Flow: Gentle water flow is recommended to prevent damage to the delicate structures of soft corals.

2. Placement: Position soft corals in the mid to lower levels of the tank. Allow ample space between different colonies to prevent overcrowding.

1. Photosynthesis: Soft corals can derive nutrients from photosynthesis. Moderate lighting is sufficient to support this process.

2. Supplementary Feeding: While not mandatory, supplement the diet with planktonic foods, such as liquid coral foods or phytoplankton, once or twice a week.

1. Water Changes: Perform regular water changes (10-20% monthly) to maintain stable water parameters and remove accumulated waste.

2. Coral Dips: Quarantine new corals and perform coral dips to prevent introducing pests or diseases.

3. Coral Husbandry: Trim or frag corals if needed, and ensure proper spacing to prevent overgrowth or aggressive interactions.

Common Issues:
1. Overexposure to Light: Soft corals can be sensitive to intense light. Adjust lighting to prevent stress and bleaching.

2. Inadequate Flow: Ensure sufficient water movement to prevent detritus buildup and maintain overall coral health.

Soft corals are generally peaceful and can coexist with a variety of tankmates. Provide space between colonies to prevent territorial disputes.

Final Tips:
1. Regularly monitor water parameters using reliable test kits.
2. Pay attention to the health and coloration of your soft corals, adjusting care as needed.
3. Create a stable environment with consistent water conditions for the optimal well-being of your soft corals.

By following these guidelines, your soft corals can flourish, adding beauty and elegance to your reef aquarium.

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