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Aquarium Bliss: Discover the Best Corals for Beginner

Unveil the secret to a stunning aquarium. Explore the best corals for beginners and transform your tank's beauty.

Explore beginner-friendly corals and their care in this guide. Enhance your reef tank's beauty with stunning yet easy-to-maintain corals.

by scott Shiles • October 31, 2023

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Cynarina Donut Coral

Cynarina donut coral, also known as doughnut coral or button coral, is a popular species of LPS (Large Polyp Stony) coral in the reef-keeping hobby. It is loved for its unique appearance and colorful patterns, which make it an excellent addition to any reef tank. They are known for their large polyps and beautiful colors.

Cynarina corals are robust and can thrive in various lighting and flow conditions. However, like any other living organism, Cynarina donut coral requires specific care and attention to thrive in an aquarium environment.

Check out this guide, where we explain in detail various aspects of taking care of the Cynarina Donut Coral.

Acanthophyllia Donut Coral

Acanthophyllia donut corals are a popular addition to reef tanks, thanks to their stunning appearance and relatively easy care requirements.  They are known for their doughnut-shaped appearance.

These corals are known for their large, circular polyps, which come in a range of vibrant colors, including green, blue, purple, and orange. In order to keep your Acanthophyllia donut coral healthy and happy in your reef tank, there are a few key care tips to keep in mind, which you can find by following this guide.

Acanthastrea Echinata

Acanthastrea Echinata is a popular LPS coral species among reef aquarium enthusiasts, prized for its stunning coloration and unique texture.

Acanthastrea Echinata corals are hardy and can tolerate different lighting and flow conditions. They come in various color morphs and are relatively easy to care for.

It is well worth it to keep it thriving in your reef tank, but caring for this coral requires a bit of effort and attention. You can learn more about how to care for Acanthastrea Echinata by following this guide.

Symphyllia Wilsoni

Symphyllia corals, also known as "Lobed Brain" or "Closed Brain" corals, are another fascinating genus of LPS corals. These corals showcase a unique texture with convoluted, lobed polyps that can partially or fully encase the coral's skeleton, they have large, colorful polyps and add a striking look to the reef.

Symphyllia corals typically exhibit more subdued coloration compared to Lobophyllia, with shades of brown, green, and occasionally, hints of purple. Despite their less intense color palette, Symphyllia corals make up for it with their intricate patterns and captivating growth forms. 

Symphyllia Wilsoni corals are beginner-friendly due to their tolerance for moderate lighting and flow. Learn more by following this guide.


If you're looking to add some color and texture to your reef tank, Pectinia coral can be a great choice. This species of LPS coral is known for its unique appearance, with fleshy, lobed polyps and a wide variety of colors and patterns, making them an interesting addition for beginners.

Pectinia corals are adaptable and can thrive in various lighting and flow conditions. However, like all corals, Pectinia requires specific care to thrive in your aquarium, you find out more by following this guide.

Sinularia Leather Coral

Sinularia corals, also known as Leather corals, are easy to care for and can tolerate lower light levels. They have a soft, leather-like appearance.

Sinularia leather corals are a popular and low-maintenance addition to reef aquariums. They require moderate to high lighting levels, moderate to strong water flow, stable water parameters, supplemental feeding, and regular maintenance.

With proper care, Sinularia leather corals can thrive in a reef tank and provide a unique and beautiful addition to your aquarium. Learn more about how to care for these corals by following this guide.

Bounce Mushroom (Rhodactis)

Bounce Mushrooms are known for their resilience and vibrant colors. They are relatively low-maintenance and add a fun and unique look to the reef.

Bounce mushrooms, also known as Rhodactis mushrooms, are a popular choice for reef tank enthusiasts. They come in a variety of colors, including blue, green, red, and purple, and their unique texture and shape make them stand out in any aquarium.

Bounce mushrooms are relatively easy to care for, but there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure they thrive in your reef tank. Follow this guide to find out tips and tricks on how to care for Bounce Mushrooms.

Toadstool Leather Coral (Sarcophyton)

Toadstool leather coral, a Soft Coral also known as Sarcophyton glaucum, is a popular and easy-to-care-for coral in the reef aquarium hobby. 

Toadstool Leather corals are hardy and can adapt to different lighting and flow conditions. They have a distinctive toadstool shape. This soft coral can add beautiful texture and movement to your tank, and its relatively low maintenance requirements make it an ideal choice for beginners and experienced reefkeepers alike. Learn more by following this guide.

LPS Corals (Torch, Hammer, Bubble)

Large Polyp Stony Corals, like Torch, Hammer, and Bubble corals, are generally forgiving and can adapt to various reef conditions. They have beautiful polyps and are great for beginners looking for stony corals. 

Keeping LPS (Large Polyp Stony) corals in a home reef tank can be a rewarding experience, but it requires some effort and attention to detail. Follow our care guide for LPS Corals, to learn more

Zoanthids and Palythoas

Zoanthids and Palythoas are easy to care for and come in a wide range of colors and patterns making them a great choice for beginners looking to add some diversity to their aquarium. Zoanthids and Palythoas are two popular types of soft coral that can add vibrant color and texture to a reef tank.

They can thrive in moderate lighting and flow. Find out how to care for Zoanthids and Palythoas by following this guide.

We appreciate you taking this journey with us and hope our guide has been valuable to you. Whether you're starting small or dreaming big, the world of coral keeping offers endless wonders. Ultimately, coral keeping is not just a hobby; it's a lifestyle. Take the time to relax and bask in the beauty of your living masterpiece. Your aquarium should be a source of joy, inspiration, and tranquility.

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