Artificial Corals From ATL
ATL have launched a new range of artificial corals, all created from hand sculpted originals to faithfully recreate the look and texture of a natural reef.
ATL always make a conscious effort to work in an environmentally friendly way so in order to help protect the world’s natural corals and reefs, we have designed a range of artificial corals to enhance and grace your marine aquarium without causing harm to this internationally threatened habitat.
Our range of artificial corals is safe for your fish and they are manufactured from polyurethane rubber in an almost endless variety of naturalistic colours. If required we can make them to your individual colour specification, you contact us today for any special requirements or simply purchase from our standard selection below.
The listed prices exclude packing, delivery and VAT and a volume discount may be offered for significant order quantities. To place your orders enter your details, select your colour and size options, confirm quantities and submit the order form. We will then send you an email confirming your total order cost, an approximate date for delivery and instructions on available payment methods. This system will be further refined with instant check out once we have a credit card facility established. Alternatively you can simply send us an email via our contact page and we’ll happily quote for any specific needs.
The ATL range of Artificial Corals
Xestospongia muta, commonly known as the giant barrel sponge, is one of the largest species of sponge found in the Caribbean. It grows at depths from 10 metres (33 ft) down to 120 metres (390 ft), and can reach a diameter of 1.8 metres (6 feet).
Sea Squirts also known as ascidians, are a marine class of animals that fall between the invertebrates and the vertebrates. They are simple animals that are often categorised within the invertebrates (animal lacking a backbone), however in their larval stage they do possess primitive vertebrate characteristics.Sea squirts are common on local beaches. They are sessile animals, with the best places to find them is under rocks and fixed to large brown seaweeds. Depending on the species, sea squirts live solitary or together in colonies. Solitary forms are stand alone individuals, while those in colonies may share “body parts”.
Plate Coral (Montipora capricornis) forms flat, plating colonies. The colonies expand by adding to their foundations and further spreading out. The individual polyps appear as small “bumps” on the surface of the skeleton. At night, the polyps emerge from the skeleton to feed on plankton. The polyps are usually transparent with slight patches of color due to zooxanthellae, symbiotic algae living in the coral’s tissue.
Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) is considered to be one of the most important reef-building corals in the Caribbean. This species is structurally complex with many large branches. The coral structure closely resembles that of elk antlers.
The staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) is a branching, stony coral with cylindrical branches ranging from a few centimetres to over two metres in length and height. It occurs in back reef and fore reef environments from 0 to 30 m (0 to 98 ft) depth.
Stove-pipe sponge (Aplysina archeri) are primitive animals whose bodies contain no muscle or nerve cells. They filter water through their bodies, extracting plankton for nutrition. The stove-pipe sponge can reach two metres in height. It is found on coral reefs at between two and 40 metres in depth.