NPS Corals

While photosynthetic corals are well-known for their light dependence, non-photosynthetic (NPS) corals thrive without sunlight and require direct feeding.

These corals, including popular types like Sun Coral, Chili Coral, and some Gorgonians, encompass various families, including Dendronephthya (often called Carnation Coral).

types of nps corals

Interested In NPS Corals For Your Tank?

They have challenging care needs and behaviors, so you must understand the details for successful tank management.

Sun Corals might be a good first step if you’re just starting out due to their availability and relatively straightforward feeding requirements compared to other types. On the other hand, if you’re ready for more advanced care, branching out into Carnation Corals (often a pink-colored soft coral) could be the one for you.

Learn about common types of NPS corals for home reef tanks and their unique care requirements below.