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Our top reef keeping tips

Read our top reefkeeping tips that ever reef keeper should remember for a happy healthy hobby.

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The most exciting time in my experience of keeping a marine aquarium is setting up a new tank. Now not to say that the all the other bits that follow aren’t great but setting everything up how you want it and getting to know all the ins and outs of your new tank and equipment is brilliant.

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Dipping newly purchased coral is something that should be done from the very start of a marine tank. Its makes for good husbandry and helps avoid problems down the line.  Unfortunately combinations of excitement, lack of knowledge and inexperience mean many people don't and may never do unless they have a problem. We, and hopefully most coral retailers, dip all new arrivals and redip whenever we do a coral tray clean down and we also stock all our coral bays with a six line wrasse and scopas tang to aid with pest/algae removal. As thorough as this is it unfortunately does not mean that our corals are guaranteed to be pest free as the eggs of most coral predators are immune to coral dips. In an ideal world everyone would have a quarantine tank to monitor corals/fish before they go into a main display but this isnt always an option so the best alternative is to give new arrivals a dip. 

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A very Important part of any fishkeeping hobby is the introduction of livestock to their new enviroment. We obviously want to make this transition as easy and stress free as possible. Being caught and put in a bag and carried home is hard enough on your new arrivals.

First things first and often overlooked is making sure your stock is in good condition before you actually purchase it! Any good retailer should never sell stock that isnt ready to go and we pride ourselves on conditiong stock before it leaves us. if you are unsure about the health of something then simply do not buy it. If it is a known fussy feeder then ask to see it eat. If you are unfamiliar with a particular species then ask or research them. We have free to use wifi which is always handy but we are more than happy to talk you through requirements of a potential purchase.

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Here is what we at Kraken Corals feel are some of the most important parameters in your system, these are not in a particular order because all are important in their own ways, there isnt one more important than another and all of these should be checked on a regular basis.

Remember: Regular Water testing is an essential part of reefkeeping

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You can now take a virtual tour of our shop, a nice way to introduce our shop and for you to see some of the great stock in store.

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We have created a short video to show the feeding response of one of our Acan colonies. You can see close up detail of the beautiful colour and texture of the acan, its feeding tentacles and how it closes round its food. The particals you can see are Lobster Eggs which are we feeding on this occasion.

 

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Acans provide a bright coloured beautiful addition to your reef marine tank. They have a reasonable growth rate provided they are looked after correctly and are relatively hardy.

When feeding especially with the pellet type of food its best to try and give each Acan head individual feeding. We target feed our acans with a turkey baster / pipette and for sinking pellets we use long straws down which we can accurately direct the feed to each head.

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When you receive your coral from us you should first remove as much packaging as possible leaving the coral item in its bag or tube depending on how its packaged. This should then be placed in your tank with the lights off to allow the water temperatures to become the same. We recommend floating your coral for around 20-30 mins (its been in the post overnight so what’s another 30 mins to ensure its happy in its new home).

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