Saltwater Coral for Beginners: 7 Easy-to-Care-For Species

Coral reefs have become known as the rainforests of the sea. They may cover less than one percent of our oceans, yet they are home to nearly twenty-five percent of all known marine species.

There are hundreds of different types of corals. They come in a dazzling array of shapes and colors.

When you’re starting out with a reef aquarium, you’ll need to know what the most appropriate coral is for your tank. Here’s our guide to saltwater coral for beginners that will help you on your way. Continue reading Saltwater Coral for Beginners: 7 Easy-to-Care-For Species

Saltwater Fish Aquarium Setup: 101

A Complete Guide to Setting up a Complex Saltwater Aquarium

Forget the goldfish you got at the fair, click here for a complete guide to setting up a complex saltwater aquarium. It’s not as difficult as you might think.

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Saltwater tanks were around long before Dory helped find little lost Nemo. They’re still enormously popular today. In fact, a 2014 survey by the American Pet Products Association estimated that around 1 million households had a saltwater aquarium.

Starting a saltwater tank – and the subsequent upkeep – used to be quite intense. Today, advanced tools and equipment make it easier than ever. How can you do it? Here is your guide to saltwater tank setup. Continue reading Saltwater Fish Aquarium Setup: 101

SPS and LPS Coral: Your Guide to Care and Feeding

Sworls of Montipora aequituberculata, a core coral, attract fish at Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific, about 1,300 miles southwest of Honolulu. (Jim E. Maragos/USFWS)

Corals are among the most diverse and beautiful species of animals on the planet.
LPS coral and SPS coral make for amazing pets but require certain knowledge and equipment.

Coral Biology 101

As with any animal, it is necessary to to appreciate and understand their biology in order to best care for them.

Polyps are individual organisms that make up colonies of corals and anemones. Different species of polyps coalesce to form coral reefs. Countless types of fish and other marine life depend on the coral reefs for shelter.

Their vibrant colors and dreamlike shapes have captured the fascination of many marine biologists and nature lovers throughout history. Ernst Haeckel’s illustrations brilliantly presents their dazzling geometry. They can make unique pets that will stand out in any room of the house.

Unfortunately, changes in the aquatic ecosystems have devastated many coral reefs across the oceans. Much of this is due to human activity. Continue reading SPS and LPS Coral: Your Guide to Care and Feeding

What’s Makes a Bounce Mushroom Coral so Special?

They’ve bounced their way into the hearts of reef aquarium hobbyists and coral lovers all over the world. And who can blame the recipients and seekers of these beautiful additions?

After all, bounce mushroom corals have so much to offer everyone: divers, researchers, enthusiasts and more.

But what’s all the hype about? We’ll walk you through the underwater world of the bounce mushroom coral here so you understand exactly why you need one in your aquarium. Continue reading What’s Makes a Bounce Mushroom Coral so Special?

Zoanthid Care: A Guide for Your Home Aquarium

Zoanthid Care: A Guide for Your Home Aquarium

Are you looking to add unique tropical corals to your home aquarium? Check out this guide to learn more about zoanthid care.

Does your tank lack clusters of tangy blue and stripes of fuchsia? Is it missing a burst of orange from a polyp covered rock?

Zoanthids bring beautiful, subtle life to any tank with their otherworldly grow in vibrant and various colors. Whether you add reef staples like Fire and Ice, or indulge with a little Pineapple Express, the eye-catching effect on your tank will be undeniable.

This zoanthid care guide will tell you everything you need to know to start growing a psychedelic underwater shag carpet of your own. Continue reading Zoanthid Care: A Guide for Your Home Aquarium

The Chaos Aquaculture Difference

I get asked a lot how we do what we do, and what makes us different.   The answer to that isn’t any single reason, it’s the amalgamation of many different strengths from different people. 

Our one common bond is our love of coral and reef tanks.  Regardless of the amount of amazing corals that pass through our hands, we still stop short and marvel at them all.   Coral feeding still captivates us.   Seeing new growth is fuel to our fire.   

Reefing experiences aside, our professional backgrounds have helped propel Chaos forward and put us on the map.   With a combined 40 years experience founding, running, and growing various businesses, we were able to take all that we learned separately and apply it to the coral trade.    The most important aspect of business we’ve learned over the years has been customer service.   We pride ourselves on taking care of our clients and strive to be known as the best in the business in that regard.

We also started Chaos very differently than most other farms start.  The majority of coral vendors start as hobbyists in a small frag tank with a few corals that they’ve had luck with.    Others simply start with a little magnetic frag rack on their main display.    That’s pretty much the opposite of the way Chaos goes about things.    We started by renting a warehouse and putting 1,400 gallons of frag space in.    Then we loaded it with the best equipment the market had to offer.    Our entire farm runs on Ecotech Marine lights, pumps, and wave makers.    Vertex skimmers keep the water clean, and BRS reactors polish it.    RODI I handled with by a custom built AquaFX unit.    Chaos came strong out of the gate and we’re here to stay.     

As cliche as it sounds, at the end of the day it’s team work that makes the dream work.   That’s how we get it done at Chaos Aquaculture.     

-Mike Tavares

-President, Chaos Aquaculture LLC

-Reef Dork since ’94