Chaos Aquaculture Beginner Frag Pack
If you are a beginning aquarist and are struggling with choosing the right corals – this pack is for you! The Chaos Team will hand-select your coral based on several factors including hardiness and ease of care. At Chaos, we are hobbyists first and we remember how difficult it can be to select a coral that is healthy and looks fantastic in the display. See the photo gallery for examples of corals we will select from our aquaculture facility.
Once tank parameters have stabilized and the nitrogen cycling has been established, coral can be added to the reef aquarium. In terms of care, both Zoanthids and Palythoa are fairly easy to keep. They tolerate a wide range of lighting intensities and water conditions. Once settled in, zoas multiply quickly. Zoanthids are unique in that they incorporate sand and other small pieces of material into their tissue to help create their structure. In the wild, Zoanthids often occupy fringe environments (intertidal, back reef, other shallow areas, over dead corals), making them quite a hardy choice for the reef aquarist.
Discosoma mushrooms are a great choice for both beginning hobbyists looking for hardy additions to their reef tank as well as experienced collectors looking to add a potentially rare showpiece to their aquarium. These corallimorphs come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, some of which are highly sought-after by reef enthusiasts.
Montipora corals are a photosynthetic coral and do not need to be directly fed. The coral can produce its food from the lights on your tank. Feeding this coral directly is not needed, however you will notice a happier and faster growing coral if you do add some type of coral food to your tank such as oyster feast or reef chili. Because montipora is a hardy coral as far as SPS corals go, it’s a great option as a beginner coral to try your hand at SPS. Watch this coral particularly for early warning signs that Alkalinity may be getting too low. If Alkalinity is low the montipora in particular are one of the first corals to have closed polyps or a receding base.
The Acanthastrea Lordhowensis Corals are voracious nocturnal predators and competitively extrude mesenterial filaments and digest organisms within reach. Due to their temperament, great care must be taken in determining the placement and distance between Lordhowensis colonies and other species of stony corals. Target feed minced mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp and smaller pieces of other meaty marine foods for best growth. The use of a quality protein skimmer helps maintain water quality and combat the effects of heavy feeding.
Once established, the Blastomussa Coral is moderately hardy, especially in an established reef aquarium. It does best in areas with low water flow and moderate light levels. It has no sweeper tentacles and is generally peaceful. Therefore, it may be placed near other peaceful corals or invertebrates.