Every tank I’ve ever run has at least one type of coral that it doesn’t like. No matter if the water parameters are perfect, the lighting and flow is right and no fish are picking on the coral, there are still some corals that just don’t like my tank.
For example: chalices. Every tank I’ve ever run kills chalices. Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. I look at all the pretty chalices out there and I say to myself, “that’s nice, not for me.”
Besides killing chalices consistently, I’ve also found that every tank I’ve run has a certain type of genus or species of coral it didn’t like. My old 90 gallon tank didn’t like millepora but would grow acropora like weeds. My 375 gallon tank killed Trachyphyllia radiata, but would grow Trachyphyllia geoffroyi.
If you’ve never been able to keep a certain type of coral, the first place to look is if your tank is wrong for the coral. If you have a high nutrient system, then SPS likely won’t be happy. If you have a ultra low nutrient system, then your LPS and zoanthid corals will likely hate you.
However, if your tank is setup right for the type of coral you are trying to keep and the coral still isn’t doing well, the coral may not like your tank and your tank may not like the coral. This fact can be frustrating especially when you see all the pretty pictures of tanks that appear to be stuffed with every type of coral. While there is no rational explanation why corals and tanks don’t get along, remember, you’re dealing with a biological organism. Biological organisms don’t always follow the book. It’s nothing personal, it’s just nature.
If you find your tank hates a certain type of coral, you’ve got two choices:
- Build another tank for that type of coral
- Avoid that type of coral and buy more of what does well in your tank
I stick to choice #2. I’d love to keep some of those insane chalices that I see and I won’t even try. I’m ok with that. More money for acros!Browse the Store! Questions?