Live coral is not just one living organism but a large colony of tiny polyps. Each polyp contributes to the whole by building onto the hard limestone skeleton. As the polyp ages and dies a new polyp generation continue the limestone legacy by taking up residence and repeating the process.
Coral is more than just a decorative feature. For many marine enthusiasts coral is as much a part of the aquarium as the fish. The enchanting patterns and hypnotic colors have a dramatic impact on the eye. It is no wonder that demand for live aquarium coral has been on the rise.
Fortunately for the natural coral reefs there is now a lot of coral reproduction achieved through captive breeding. Stock can be purchased without stripping the oceans thanks to the work by marine biologists and home enthusiasts.
From the domed brain corals to the branched staghorn varieties there is a huge range to select from. All corals inhabit warm tropical climates but there are two distinct groups; the hard and the soft corals.
Hard corals are usually more common in the fish tank because of their durability. Examples of this coral group are pillar, brain, star, elkhorn and staghorn. Soft corals are represented by the sea whips, fans and plumes that are sometimes available.
Why People Choose Live Coral
When it comes to coral there are three main choices; live, artificial and dead. Anyone serious about recreating a marine environment has to choose live coral because the other choices are poor substitutions.
Live Coral For Sale
When you buy coral piece by piece it is like a collection that grows over time. Typical prices on the coral for sale range from $10 for small frags to more than $100 for rare specimens. This means you can build on your reef aquarium with almost any budget.
The corals for sale below are updated from current eBay listings.