What is Coral?

Coral, any of a variety of invertebrate marine organisms of the class Anthozoa (phylum Cnidaria) that are characterized by skeletons—external or internal—of a stonelike, horny, or leathery consistency. The term coral is also applied to the skeletons of those animals, particularly to those of the stonelike corals. The body of a coral animal consists of a polyp—a hollow cylindrical structure attached at its lower end to some surface. At the free end is a mouth surrounded by tentacles. The tentacles, which gather food, are more or less extensible and are armed with specialized stinging structures, called nematocysts, that paralyze prey.

Can I Have Coral In My Aquarium?

Coral is commonly overlooked as a creature, and considered an ornamental rock. This is absolutely false – Coral is a vibrant, beautiful sea creature that is a GREAT addition to any saltwater aquarium. One of the most important facets of having Coral is ensuring it was sourced from sustainable farm environments as opposed to our oceans. Coral is an endangered species due to a variety of factors and it is a critical piece of our oceans which is why FantaSEA only sources Coral from sustainable farm environments that promote the regrowth of Coral worldwide.

Skill Level: Expert

Coral is considered an “expert” level aquatic creature due to their fragility and the complex nature of saltwater reef tanks. Saltwater reef tanks can be difficult to clean, require constant monitoring and maintenance, but are worth the effort.

Are you looking to add this beautiful creature to your collection but aren’t sure about maintenance, feeding, and upkeep? The FantaSEA team offers several completely hands-dry maintenance plans to fit all varieties of budget and need.