Living Corals (Coelenterates)
Living corals have been on Earth for more than 240 million years and are related to sea anemone and jelly fish. Corals are difficult to keep and require good water quality.
The National Aquarium uses filtration systems involving UV sterlisation and protein skimming for this purpose. Behind the scenes there is a mini propagation area where coral cuttings are grown for replacements which helps avoid the difficult process of importing new corals. Some soft corals wander about the reef. These soft corals are colonies of polyps without a hard skeleton. As coelenterates, corals are related to jellyfish and sea anemone. The reef is home to many creatures: sponges, anemone, mollusks, bryozoans and fish. Our collection changes regularly.