GARF'S MOST OFTEN ASKED QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What types of corals should I add to my reef system and when should they be introduced?

Setting up and maintaining a Bullet Proof Reef aqurium is not only fun and challenging, but it is also a way to help save some of the natural reef from destruction. Hours of entertainment and a sense of achievement are obtained from this wonderful hobby.

When you have decided that corals are in your future, we here at GARF suggest going with fast growing and hardy soft corals. Our favorite mixture to send out to new reefers are mixed Zoanthid plugs, Gold Crown Leathers from Palau, Green Button polyps (Palythoa and Zoanthids), and encrusting Gorgonians. These corals are all very different from one another. We have had great success shipping these colorful and hardy organisms. All of our captive raised coral packages cost only $100.00 for 5 different corals.

When you have experienced sweet success with your soft corals
it is time to move into the more sensitive soft corals

and the wonderful small polyp stony corals.

When you have experienced sweet success with your soft corals it is time to move into the more sensitive soft corals and the wonderful small polyp stony corals. The Xenias are a wonderful addition to any reef system, but their sensitivity to changes in temperature makes them a challenge to raise. These 'pulse corals' come in a variety of colors and once they are established, they will spread throughout your aquarium. Some of the SPS corals that we raise here at GARF include many colors of Acropora including green, purple, pink, and blue along with several colors of Pocillapora, Stylophora, and Montipora. We can custom mix your order so you receive the most hardy colorful types first.


SIMPLE TIME LINE FOR ADDING CORALS

NEW AQUARIUM
1 TO 3 MONTHS
MEDIUM AQUARIUM
3 TO 6 MONTHS
ESTABLISHED AQUARIUM
6 MONTHS AND OLDER
VERY LITTLE CORALLINE IS GROWING ON PLASTIC PARTS

Add soft corals from hardy group such as Zoanthid , Leather corals, Gorgonians, Green Stars
SOME CORALLINE IS GROWING ON GLASS

Brain coral group, Xenia, yellow Leather corals, Large Polyp Stony corals
CORALLINE IS GROWING ON MUCH OF THE ROCK

You are ready for the hardy sps corals first followed by any types you want to grow.

This is a very quick list. please call us and we will tell you about any type of coral.

This algae is not a major problem and is completely natural,
but sps corals should not be added during this cycling period.
Adding the proper mixture of Reef JanitorsTM you will help you
keep this algae problem under control with minimum effort on your part.

Although many corals will survive in a new system, we here at GARF have found much higher survival rates in small polyp stony corals placed in established systems. In systems six months or older, there tends to be fewer algae blooms and more coralline algae growth, both of which are important to coral survival. When establishing a new reef system it is important to keep in mind that your aquarium will, without a doubt, undergo several algae blooms. This is not a major problem and is completely natural, but sps corals corals should not be added during this cycling period. By adding the proper mixture of Reef Janitors┼ you will help to keep this algae problem under control with minimum effort on your part.

Because all of the corals here at GARF are captive raised, availability varies daily depending on what is ready to be harvested. Through our research here at GARF we have found that smaller pieces of coral ship much better that larger colonies. Not only does this ensure the arrival of a live coral, but it also allows you to watch the colony grow and spread throughout your reef system. We have also found that captive raised corals survive shipping and live longer than wild caught corals.

Corals raised in an aquarium are stronger
Corals raised in an aquarium for several years become acclimated to the artificial lighting, nutrients, and the extensive handling experienced in a coral farm. Corals will actually accumulate in their skeleton the minerals and nutrients found in your tap water. Alf Nielson, a famous researcher from Norway, found traces of Yidrium in the skeletons of his corals. Yidrium is very rare and found in the tap water in Nielson's area. Corals do actively uptake minerals and trace elements so it is important to use reputable additives such as Seachem products and Instant Ocean.

Corals are a wonderful addition to any marine aquarium. By using the proper equipment and having a positive attitude, there are no limits as to how far you can take this hobby. Thank you for purchasing captive raised corals - and remember: Save a Reef and Grow Your Own!!

We took this new picture of Sally Jo's baby cardinal fish - it is growing very fast!
corals for sale

The coral on the right is the rare Bali Giant Xenia. The large coral is a yellow soft coral. The branch is one of the smaller type Gorgonians.


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REEF JANITORS ALGAE CONTROL CENTRAL

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THIS SEMESTER - we set up our long needed merchants account
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WE ARE HAVING A RETURN FOR ANOTHER WEEK OF THE GREAT REEF JANITORTM SPECIAL. CALL TODAY AND YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH ANY AMOUNT OF SNAILS AND HERMITS FOR ONLY $1.00 EACH. LeRoy


WE HAVE SOME GREAT CAPTIVE RAISED CORALS READY FOR SALE !
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Many of the rare corals are offered to our members for 2 years before they are put on sale. We will soon have an E-mail list that will list the rarest color forms of sps corals and soft corals such as Xenia and Mushrooms.

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