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"Invasive" corals never looked so lovely

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 31, 2015 09:00 AM
Some reefkeepers don't keep corals like Xenia, GSP, and Montis because they grow too quickly and overtake entire reef tanks, while others simply don't view them as a challenge anymore. But these "weed corals" can be used to create beautiful and relatively carefree reef aquariums.
"Invasive" corals never looked so lovely

Simple and simply beautiful

To borrow JFK's famous "We Go To The Moon" speech: "We choose to go to the moon keep coral reef aquariums [...] not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept."

Reefkeepers enjoy the challenge (which sometimes borders on masochism) of keeping corals within closed systems.  Many of us actually seek difficult-to-keep species to hone our husbandry skills and show off our dedication, leading a few of us to totally eschew corals that grow like weeds - corals such as Xenia, Anthelia, Green Star Polyps, Montipora, mushroom corals, et al.

This reef tank stocked with "invasive" coral species is as beautiful as some of the challenging SPS or azoox reef tanks we've seen.  A beautiful reef without the constant babysitting, expensive high tech gear, and frustrations doesn't sound/look so bad, does it?


Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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