Here at Discount Coral, we strives to bring you the highest quality live corals. Wild corals are brought in bi-weekly or monthly and the best and only the brightest are chosen for sale on the site.
We have a deep love of the ocean and its creatures and have a passion for sustainable coral propagation. Our main goal is to collect the most unique and beautiful coral specimens, propagate them and share them with you, so you too can enjoy these amazing animals in your reef aquarium. We have many LPS, soft corals, and very colorful and healthy SPS corals to choose from.
What are Corals?
Technically, corals themselves are living organisms, that are made of tiny animals called coral polyps and are usually classified as either hard corals or soft corals.
Hard Corals aka Stony Corals, are compromised of 2 types - Large Polyp Stony (LPS) and Small Polyp Stony (SPS) - referring to the size of the polyp.
LPS coral is great for beginner-level hobbyists and veterans alike, featuring unique colors, shapes and sizes, usually found as either plate like, or branching corals. All LPS corals have a hard or stony skeleton created by aragonite, and often formed into cup-shaped structures called corallites, and is covered by a thin layer of tissue called the coenosarc. The foot of the polyps then grow from the coenosarc on these colonial corals, or attached directly to the substrate connected by a pedal disc. The rate that this occurs depends on the species. Some varieties of LPS such as Favites can grow very quickly while some massive LPS like Scolymia can take years to grow an inch.
LPS get all of there nutrients through a process known as photosynthesis, and will also feed on small meaty foods found in the water column, such as zooplankton. As well, Large Polyp Stony Corals benefit from clean water and a consistent source of calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium. Our selection of LPS corals for sale includes a huge variety of species to choose from, including rainbow LPS coral, Favia coral, Alveopora, Cyphastrea, and much more.
SPS coral, is a favorite among experienced coral hobbyists. They can be found in a variety of unique colors, shapes and sizes, usually found as either plate like, or branching corals. All SPS corals have a hard or stony skeleton created by aragonite, and often formed into cup-shaped structures called corallites, and is covered by a thin layer of tissue called the coenosarc. The foot of the polyps then grow from the coenosarc on these colonial corals, or attached directly to the substrate connected by a pedal disc. The rate that this occurs depends on the species. Some varieties of SPS corals can grow very quickly while some other varieties take seemingly forever to show any growth.
As well, due to its skeleton, SPS coral frags require a consistent source of calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium to thrive. They also require a good amount of light and high-water flow compared to LPS. Also, SPS are generally considered more difficult to keep than the LPS or soft corals and are not recommended for beginners.
Soft Corals, which are also known as Alcyonacea, are a favorite among beginners and new hobbyists due to their ease of care and spectacular, colorful structures. However, unlike their stony coral relatives, soft corals do not build an internal fleshy / woody skeleton that bolsters the appearance of the reef. These flexible corals bend with the flow of water to give them the appearance of waving blissfully in your tank. Soft corals generally prefer moderate light and are much more resilient to changes in chemistry within the tank, making them extremely hardy. Almost all Soft Corals use symbiotic photosynthesizing zooxanthella as a major energy source, but will also readily eat any free floating food, such as zooplankton from the water column.
Zooanthid Pally Coral
Zoanthid coral are one of the most well-known and are easy to maintain making them a great choice for beginner reef aquarists. Zoas are fairly tolerant and as long as, the water quality is good, the system is fully cycled and care is taken with lighting, flow and placement.
The electric colors on zoa frags come from the photosynthetic and symbiotic zooxanthellae algae living in the tissue of the zoas. Zooanthid corals are native to most of the world’s tropical oceans, with most found in the shallow, warm waters of the Pacific and the Caribbean.
Zoanthid corals do best in rich nutrient tanks where they can filter feed daily. These "flowers of the reef" are one of the fastest growing corals and usually prefer to be placed near medium-high light and high indirect flow areas. To help with excellent growth and health the will require the addition of iodine and other trace elements. Check out our selection of Zoanthid coral for sale to find the coral frags for your tank!
Our mushroom corals are highly recommended for beginning coral enthusiasts, as they require very little care and grow at a faster pace than many other corals. As well mushrooms are also suitable for coral enthusiasts at any other levels. They are easy to self-propagate under favorable conditions, and prefer areas in your display that many other corals don’t, making them a valuable, interesting and attractive addition to most any coral reef display.
Mushroom corals are quite often very affordable. Also our mushroom corals are mostly aquaculture in-house, which reduces collection pressure on wild reefs, allows us to carefully screen them for potential parasites and other unwanted hitchhikers and allows us to provide high quality ‘shrooms and other soft corals to our clients.
Large Coral Colonies
Coral frags, while beautiful to look at, can take a long time to grow and flourish. For coral enthusiasts looking for some instant gratification, coral colonies are a great option. Our assortment of coral colonies for sale takes the waiting out of the equation for aquarium owners. Select from breathtaking, full-grown colonies that are guaranteed to be healthy and thriving right out of the box.
Browse our selection to find the perfect colony for your aquarium—we can ship our amazing variety of coral colonies for sale to anywhere in the country. Plus, our online customer service team is standing by to assist you if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase.