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How To Feed Saltwater Corals-With Videos

Updated on July 21, 2013

Zoanthid Corals

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Caring for Corals Successfully!

If your looking for a new experience and you already have a saltwater tank or looking into getting one. You may see corals and think wow they are so beautiful but must be hard to take care of. Well their are some that do take some special care, but their are some that are easy to take care of and get to grow easily. You will amaze your self when you realize how easy it is. Feeding and keeping corals is simple and you will realize it after you read this.

Target Feeding Corals

Mostly Zoanthids

What Corals Should You Begin With?

Their are a couple corals that are easy to care for and won't break your budget. Some of the most popular corals include-

  • Green Star Polyps
  • Leather Corals
  • Zoanthids
  • Mushrooms
  • Blue Star Polyps
  • Kenyi Tree

These can be found in almost every store that carries saltwater supplies and livestock. They should be over $30 for any of them. Zoanthids go for about $1-$2 a head. Is a good example. All of the above corals do not require alot of water or special care.

These corals do like water movement so you will need to get a power head that will help move water. These are inexpensive and you can even get a decent one from Wal-mart for $20-$30. You can also find more efficient pumps at pet stores for a little bit more. When looking for a power head get the one that is rated for your size aquarium.

Also when target feeding your corals you will need to shut off the powerhead so that it doesn't blow the food away from the corals and to the fish if you have any.

What to Feed Your Corals

Feeding corals is real easy if you haven't done so check out the video above on target feeding corals. All you need is frozen bloodworms, or frozen brineshrimp. Let the cube sit in warm saltwater from the tank. Then take a turkey baster or eye dropper and suck up the murky looking water from the top of the frozen food.

Then take that water and squirt it into the corals heads or in the area of it. The corals should close up on it and take it in.

Galaxea Coral

Lighting and Not Going Overboard

Lighting for your corals can be tricky but their are some basic lighting that you can get for a decent price for the beginner corals above.

  • Compact Flourscent
  • LED
  • Flourscent

Compact is your best bet but can be pricey. Around $100-$200 for the lighting depending on size. You want about 2-4 watts per gallon for the beginner corals. If your and their are many kits you can build and attach for about 1/3 the price.


Blue Star Polyp That Came Out of Live Rock

What you Need for Corals

If your still looking into corals then you may want to get some live rock to place the corals on and at different levels. For a tank you want about 1 lb per gallon of tank water. The Live Rock also helps filter your tank water and helps the health of your fish by speeding up the cycling of your tank. Also really cool things can come off the live rock like.

  • Starfish
  • Snails
  • Hermit Crabs
  • Crabs
  • Eels
  • Polyps
  • Corals
  • Sponges
  • and so much more.....

Target Feeding Anemone

If you have any questions about Saltwater or Freshwater tanks, fish or anything please post in the comments and I will get back to you. Check out my Youtube Channel as well the link is above I have over a hundred videos of breeding fish, fish care, how to videos and more. The comments are loaded with questions and answers as well to help educate everyone myself included.

My Background-


I run my own website and youtube video channel. I have been in the pet industry for over 10 years now and have tanks, and ponds. I have bred and kept over a hundred fish species and cichlids are some of my favorites. Let me know what you like in the comments and start the conversation going.

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