7 μαλακά κοράλλια reasons we start with soft corals :

7 reasons we love soft corals :

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The beauty and movement that soft corals give to an aquarium, regardless of gallons, is unique to our hobby. While I am not dissing LPS-SPS-NPS corals, I do have a clear personal preference that I feel I should support. Nowadays softie tanks are considered gateway tanks or busy reefer tanks, I believe that this is an incomplete view.

Softie tanks are amazing!!! They are more beautiful than any kind of tank -in my opinion. But even objectively they are the most beautiful if you count in the amount of work and attention you give them. Beauty and Ease in one!

Beauty | Color

For many years soft corals had a limited variety of colors. This has now been completely overthrown looking at polyps and mushrooms, and has been somewhat enriched in the rest of the softies. Polyps and mushrooms have surpassed all hard sps corals in a vibrancy and variety of colors, combinations and formations, and compete with even the highest priced lps.

Beauty | Movement

Obviously the movement they offer in our aquarium is almost unique, with only some euphilia pricey large colonies being able to emulate. Pulsing leathers and xenias have independent movement, and long polyp toadstools, green star polyps and cloves are as amazing!

Beauty | Size

Those who have been lucky enough to have dived on tropical reefs have really seen the beauty that large coral colonies can have. Few aquariums have large corals, over a foot, and even fewer can maintain these sizes for many years.
Soft corals specialize in growth and large sizes. You can buy a cheap frag today for and in 12 months it will become a world class aquarium coral showpiece. All reefers can do this easily!

Easy | Beginners​

One of the obstacles facing the development of the aquarium reef hobby is the complexity of the setup and the mortality of its organisms. This disenfranchises most people that start anew a feed tank. BRS says that the percentage of first-year-reefers leaving the hobby is close to 80% (they claim that their customers are at 50% instead.)

Soft corals, almost all of them, can withstand alot, ALOT. They can bear us overfeeding them, but also not to feed them at all. They can withstand temperature drops, and some increases, they can withstand changing raw water from the sea, or not changing water at all. They generally endure!
This can make new hobbyists not disappointed with the hobby, and become real reef tank lovers!

Easy | Experienced​

Things are even better for the time tested aquarists. The cost of the aquarium is reduced by not using (or minimal use) zeovit, calc reactors, a-b + dosing, balling, water changes and of course by much lower lighting. The only thing that needs more time is fragging, because you will be doing more of it! All in all, less time, and less money for the same results!

And there is more!

Hobby Development​

This is where my adoration for soft corals takes off! The ease with which you can propagate, frag and fragswap is great! If you can multiply discosoma mushrooms, you can exchange them for literally hundreds of morphs! The same for every kind of mushroom and polyp. And if you can not multiply Xenia and green star polyp…. maybe you forget to put water in your aquarium? :)

Ecology​

Here things are even more responsible than the rest of our hobby. Soft corals, even when removed from the reef, do not reduce reef size or biodiversity. But their easy reproduction in home aquariums for beginners greatly reduces the need to source them from a reef.

For me, personally, the soft coral aquarium is not a stepping stone, it is an ultimate goal. It is beauty in every way, it is sharing with my fellow hobbymates, it is an ecological approach, it is also convenience! I can imagine few reasons where I will need to spend more time with my soft aquarium than caring for a dog, or a small garden.

So, please see soft coral aquariums as a viable way to increase the numbers of reefers, and not as stepping stone to mixed reef difficulty, or colorful rows of “sticks”.

Originally posted on Humble Fish (they honored us with a first page mention! -English), and Aquarium Life (Greek).

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