Corals are ALIVE?! (Coral Facts in Less Than 20 Minutes)

Corals are ALIVE?! (Coral Facts in Less Than 20 Minutes)

Hey guys, how are *realizing you can’t answer* you doing? I don’t know why my intros and my outros are always so awkward I just never know what to say, or I say too much, or I say too little, I jus- I never can seem to get it right right, but maybe that’s just my thing. Maybe my thing is that I’m a mess sounds about right. So today’s video we are going to be talking about coral. I’m gonna be telling you everything I can possibly tell you about corals in ten minutes. So we’re gonna see… how I do… I crack a lot of jokes in my videos normally because I think educational ones can get kind of boring but this is an educational one. So welcome students. Ghost, what are you doing? Teach them a coral fact real quick, Ghost… *Ghost is silent* Okay, so yes, let’s let’s begin talking about corals. So first off we’re gonna start with the difference between corals and plants a lot of people think that corals are plants, but they are not plants. They’re not related to plants, they have nothing to do with plants. So we’re gonna start first by making a little chart about the differences between corals and plants First off, corals. Are. Not. Plants. That’s how they’re different. They’re not the same thing. How… Is that? I’m a bad teacher this sucks. Corals are animals they are sessile animals which means they don’t move they sit wherever they are in life and they live their whole life and in that little spot unless for some reason they become detached from their rock and they blow away and they blow away but they don’t have any choice in where they land and they don’t have any choice in how to move they cannot control their movements. They cannot go walk around they don’t have feet. They don’t have legs They are just sessile animals. Plants are plants, they’re not animals. So that’s their differences plants can make their own food using photosynthesis. Basically plants sit outside They absorb the sunlight and then they convert it into food. Corals can’t do this, they actually have to eat. Corals actually have little tentacles. They are nocturnal hunters; they wait until the Sun goes down when there’s no sunlight they put their little tentacles out and they catch different kinds of plankton and that is what they eat so corals do eat food. They need calcium and nutrients in their life, they can’t just rely on the Sun for food. When you look at a coral you just see these little moving balls of color these are actually called polyps and every single one is an individual coral. So when you are looking at what you call a coral you are actually looking at thousands of little corals all together in a community. All of these individual corals are called polyps and they start out as one and then they are asexual they reproduce on their own and they create a whole little community of… corals. And that’s what we know, for example, as a green star polyp when green star polyps are closed you can definitely see each individual stem a little easier, and when they’re open and flowing all around they look like one big little… One big little ??? They look like one big field of grass, kind of, but they are not grass. They are an animal. Corals do have different temperaments; some are more calm while others are more aggressive. An example of an aggressive coral is a galaxea. Galaxeas have big sweeping tentacles that come out at night and they will sting other corals. They will sting anything. So this is important to know when keeping a galaxea because then you want to keep it in your tank away from your other corals, so then all your corals are safe. It can grow it can reach out for food without harming other corals, things like that. Corals take part in a symbiotic relationship. There is a type of algae called zooanthellae, and it lives inside of corals. Corals Give the zooanthellae a home and in return the zooanthellae eat the waste from the coral, keep things clean, and basically keep them alive. Zooanthellae also gives coral their color. so when a coral is not doing too well if they get too warm, for example, they will release the zooanthellae and that’s when they turn into this white color. This is known as coral bleaching and that is how it happens and you can tell that a coral is unhealthy when it is all white because that means it’s healthy enough to even be homing the zooanthellae. And that means there’s something that needs to be fixed when coral bleaching takes place. It is not irreversible. All that means is that with the proper care, they can get healthier. But, if you don’t pay attention and you let them stay white or bleached they will eventually die because the zooanthellae are an important, crucial part of a corals life and if it can’t house the zooanthellae, eventually the waste is gonna build up in the coral, it’s not gonna hunt for food as often, because it can’t maintain the waste because the zooanthellae is not there to help and the corals will end up starving and dying. Corals do actually a skeleton – it is where all the polyps lay on it, but it is not a skeleton like ours. They’re not real actual bones. And if a coral dies, they leave a skeleton behind and another coral can come land on that skeleton and build a home on it if they wanted to. The live rock that we bring home sometimes is part of a giant coral skeleton. Sometimes on live rock you can see what it was. You can kind of make out what kind of coral it was and other times you can’t really tell but, it is really interesting seeing corals grow on rocks and create a home or a skeleton out of them now going back between plants and corals. There is another third creature that we can compare corals to and that’s anemones. Anemones are closely related to corals but they are not the same. Corals are sessile. While anemones can actually move; they have a foot they can go and choose where they want to stay and if they aren’t happy with that, they can let go and go find a new spot, re-home, and they have a mouth right in the center. They are one single invertebrate closely related to jellyfish while corals are the accumulation of thousands of little animals so although corals do not need Sun for food they do need Sun for the zooanthellae algae to grow. The zooanthellae algae is a plant and it relies on photosynthesis for food so if corals don’t have the proper amount of sunlight every day The algae will die off and that leads to the corals dying now there’s a lot of different kinds of corals, but there’s three main groups LPS, SPS and soft corals. LPS stands for large polyp “pull up” LPS stands for large polyp stony, SPS stands for small polyp stony, and soft coral is a word – it doesn’t stand for anything. SPS corals are definitely the hardest to take care of; they require extremely clean water, Perfect amount of sunlight, perfect amount of flow, and in general they are more fragile. SPS corals are long small… “long small.” Hmm. Let’s try that again SPS corals are the branching coral. They are long skeletons with thousands of little tiny polyps covering the skeleton but you can still normally clearly make out the skeleton and it’s form and shape. while LPS corals are lots of polyps all together they make up kind of like a head and then the head sits off of the little rocker skeleton that they are growing on. Now in this video I am featuring a lot of corals that I got from worldwide corals. Worldwide corals is an awesome, awesome,
AWESOME company and they even have a subscription program where basically you pay a fee and every single month you get a package of corals and supplies for the coral. They’re super cool, and they actually did send me a bird’s nest. So here’s the bird’s nest that they sent me. It’s a beautiful, They are really– SPS corals are awesome but they’re definitely harder to take care of and it’s even harder sometimes if you decide to mix them in your aquarium the reason for this is because the water differences LPS doesn’t need as much care as SPS corals need water-wise most people don’t want to try to worry about the LPS needs and the SPS needs. Also LPS corals have those big sweeping tentacles that can actually hurt SPS corals. So unless you really know what you’re doing I don’t recommend mixing them not until you’ve at least got a good taste of corals. A lot of practice then, I’ll say [try it]. now soft corals are definitely the easiest ones to take care of the reason these are easy is its because they are the most tolerant to all kinds of water conditions, they can really tolerate nitrates and nitrites better than LPS and SPS can, but I’m not going to say that you can go overboard and have insanely high nitrates, ammonia, and nitrite. A lot of them can handle extremely low light and low flow, and that’s another reason why they are great for beginners is you don’t have to have that expensive aquarium lighting. You can easily get a light for less than a hundred dollars that will provide for soft corals very well. Now I’m gonna take a break real quick “will will quick”. Okay… Got a little baby voice for a second I’m gonna take a little break real quick from this little sit down and talk right to you for back, to back, to back, fact, after fact, after fact, and we’re going to cut to some footage of me getting some coral frags from worldwide corals. Coral fragging is basically cutting a small piece of coral off an existing coral putting it on a small “frag” or a little rock, and It grows into a whole new coral! And that’s one way you can “breed” corals yourself. I’m gonna show you some coral frags that I got little baby corals and I’m gonna show you them in my tank so we’re gonna go cut to that real quick… alright so what I’ve done here is I’ve gotten some water from my fish tank which is right here. *gestures to bowl of water* and then we have a bucket right here where all the corals are going to go into, and we’re going to, slowly we’re gonna acclimate them. Basically. Hold on. Let’s get this right now. They’re in this water right here And this water might be extremely different from the water that I have here. *gestures to bowl of fishtank water* So if you throw your corals right into the new water they may go into shock. If there’s any salinity differences in the nitrates, nitrites, the phosphates, anything, if they are suddenly thrown into new water, they could go into shock and then they- and then they may not survive *relaxing music plays* Now each coral reef that there is out there provides more home to more species of animals than any other part of the ocean that exists. And they are one of the largest ecosystems in all of the world, and the thing that’s really fascinating about that is coral reef “cor-al, cor-ror”. I cannot say it one thing that’s really fascinating about that is that coral reefs only take up less than 2% of our ocean, and yet they are more vast, and contain more life than any other part of the ocean that we’ve discovered so far. So clearly if corals die So many fish and so many aquatic species will die. Sea turtles for example eat coral. So if there’s no corals, there’s no sea turtles. Other animals eat sea turtles. They would die if the sea turtles die so many types of fish: crabs, shrimp, so much would be at stake if our corals died corals actually are a huge part in medicine as well. They are a big part of painkillers so they help us- so they help us stay out of pain in so many situations. And coral reefs are one of the hugest attractions in the world. It’s such a huge tourism thing that if it was gone so much money would be lost. Now there’s a million more reasons why corals are so important, I’m just listing some of them, because like I said, I’m trying to keep this video around 10 minutes long. I think I’m already over that, but we’ll see how far I am into this um… coral reefs actually do protect the wetlands, too so not only is sea life in danger But also, all of the wetlands are too. The main reasons that corals are dying is from over fishing, and from global warming. Yes, it’s real global warming is a thing the planet is heating up faster than everything else can learn to compensate for the extra heat, and corals can’t handle the extra heat well So, so many coral reefs around the world are bleaching incredibly bad and if things are turned around it will lead to all of them being wiped out. The main ways to prevent this from happening is focusing on your carbon footprint and also watch where you get your fish because another reason like I said, That corals are dying is from overfishing. And I’m not saying you have to stop eating fish I’m not gonna go on a rant telling you to be vegan. That’s your choice. But, just watch where you get your fish and watch where you get your seafood instead of going to stores like Target, and Walmart, and getting your fish there, go to local farmers markets and that will help so much if everyone just did that. And that was the video so I don’t know how close I got 10 minutes I don’t know if I failed epically or if I actually kind of got near the goal… we’ll see when I’m editing it that was the video and I hope you guys enjoyed learning about corals and I will see you guys next week when I talk about… other animal stuff. Because that’s what I do… animals stuff. I love you guys so much. Thank you for 1.3 million subscribers I don’t know if I thank you guys for that last time, but this time I’m doing it. Thank you guys so much again. I love you guys, and have a good week! Or a few days. I don’t know until I’ll see you again, but it might might be a week, might be a few days, I don’t know when my next video is coming up. But thank you guys. I love you!

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Corals are ALIVE?! (Coral Facts in Less Than 20 Minutes)

  1. Taylor Nicole Dean says:

    If you have something bad to say about my lips, please just save yourself the trouble and don't say anything.
    I overlined my lips CONSTANTLY before this video. I hated not wearing lipstick since I couldn't overline my lips without it, so I always would wear it. Now I'm so much happier with my lips because they're actually plump and not fakely overlined. I literally showed a picture of MYSELF to the doctor and said make my lips look like this without having to overline them – and she did exactly what I wanted. I just got them done days ago so they're still swollen and will go down a bit with time.
    but please, just listen to the facts and the video I worked hard on and not spend time worrying about how I look.

    Don't like it? Don't do it to your own body. But don't shame me for doing it and feeling confident about it.

  2. TheGreenRocket says:

    Taylor, I gotta say thank you for making this video, cause I don’t think I’ve ever noticed how beautiful coral are and seeing them open up through the fast forwarded clips was really fascinating. And not only that the video was very informative and you had me laughing a lot throughout it, so thanks and congrats on the subscriber milestone, love you!

  3. LularoLife says:

    Hello Nicole! In a few years I would like to start a salt water tank, (I am not in a postion where I can own one currently) What are the number one mistakes you made when you started keeping saltwater, that you would want me to know? And what is the best tank size and fish types to get for a first salt water tank? (I am not getting rid of all my fresh water fish to use my 36 Gal freshwater tank, and I'd like to stay on the smaller size.)

  4. extrah says:

    don’t listen to the comments, you look extremely beautiful ?.

  5. Jillian Velicer says:

    awh cheese is getting so big ?

  6. lesbian cactus says:

    No, LPS stands for littlest pet shop/s you uncultured swine

  7. Nora 1 says:

    Your left Eyebrow is eeh it is a bit high ?
    But I love you ?

  8. Natalie Brown says:

    It's not cheese… ITS CHEESUS!

  9. Ellie Best says:

    Don’t some fish live in anemone?

  10. Samantha Xoxo says:

    Your lips went from Cameron Diaz to Jay Z! ?

  11. Emma Outram says:

    My Dad has a lot of gorgeous coral I love it so much ♥️??

  12. VdubSPAZ says:

    I absolutely love your videos and your educational ones…. The part that I enjoy the most I think and it's nothing against you by no means but I actually like when you include the bloopers of you kind of being awkward or strange cuz we all know it's strange talking to a camera instead of someone else… Or I should say we know that who have actually tried talking to a camera before… The struggles are real… Going live sometimes solves them struggles lol ? … But either way stay great and keep doing what you're doing cuz you're doing it great

  13. babybunny says:

    First i noticed your lips, which is meh whatever.
    But then I noticed all the botox and filler in your face. Sheesh… It doesn't even move anymore girl…

    You are so beautiful naturally. WHYYYY???!!

  14. Singing Liv says:

    I want a beautiful fish tank like this so bad but I lack the experience and money needed for it. The most experience I’ve had with owning fish were ones we had in our fountain/ponds and the one betta fish I had.

  15. HNM69 says:

    Hey Taylor, the coral shots are really amazing. Now if you'd be able to stabilize them next time… NEXT LEVEL 🙂

  16. Tamara Foster says:

    No lps stand for littlest pet shop

  17. Piper_ Graham1 says:

    Can u do a video on chameleons? Like if u agree

  18. xamanduhh x says:

    Watching your tank was so therapeutic and relaxing

  19. bzjahhdiwhbwbdgajkanndnsjs gajkdbakdhwjqnbsb says:

    global warming is definitely real, otherwise we wouldn't have 117 degree weather in california, where we used to consider 90 miserable.

  20. Suzanne H says:

    Some corals do photosynthesize

  21. Panda ? says:

    Wow thank You!
    I have corals but I was not very sure of what they are
    And one of them were turning white! So this really helps me 🙂

  22. kylie b says:

    I love your channel ?? this is so fascinating

  23. Keeon Collier says:

    Great videos. I'm learning so much. Just hard to just pay attention to only your face when you talk….

  24. sup uwu says:

    Are you guys blind? She's slayin those lips !!

  25. YogiTehBear says:

    Are Corals plants?

  26. Jessica Calabrese says:

    I honestly thought this video would bore me but I’ve been wanting to keep an open mind about everything and I gave this video a try. It actually was very entertaining and I liked it a lot. I’m thinking about getting some corals in the future now. This video was very educating as well. You really did an amazing job.

  27. Hanna Wood says:

    heheh you need to add zooxanthella to the not a plant list 🙂

  28. carmen lugo says:

    Do a draw my life

  29. Sydney Jeffries says:

    I loved learning how unique coral is!

  30. na says:

    did anyone see nemo at the back is so funny

  31. Emma Mccollam says:

    you’re so smart❗️

  32. nayla garron says:

    cheese is my home screen. i love him.

  33. Jezebel C says:

    Actual monster.

  34. Julissa Hernandez says:

    You should do a video on blue toughened skink

  35. Nadia Smith says:

    U over line your top lip a lot ??❤️no hate I feel you

  36. Alex T says:


  37. Alivia Gerrard says:

    Says ten minuets everyone goes to check 15 minuets and 48 seconds not hating I love you to death Taylor❤️???????? and your pets especially cheese god ???

  38. dd1987x says:

    I remember when I first started watching your videos. My boyfriend noticed and starting asking about coral because he saw it in your tanks. He was so blown away to learn that they were animals and not plants (which I was already aware of). But now you come out with this video and even teach me things that I didn't know. LOVE IT! Keep doing you, pretty lady, and screw the haters!!

  39. Carla says:

    I didn't notice your lips until I reado your coment, as you said it really looks like when you were wearing lipstick, because the only lips that I was focusing on were Cheese's lips

  40. HarveyIRL says:

    You showing those few minutes of just your tank and corals was so damn relaxing i could watch it all day

  41. Happywolfyyy says:

    5:55 LPS?! Like littlest pet shops lol. (I don’t like them anymore but it stood out to me)

  42. finneas and claudia need to get married says:

    I should come to your house for my school field trips… Lol

  43. Apcom computer Education says:

    The fish tank is so beautiful that it shows her passion

  44. dennis whitmer says:

    i love coral so frickin much, have you seen chasing coral on netflix?

  45. har says:

    Did you get fillers?

  46. Madalynn Chandler says:

    you should get a reef tattoo

  47. Calum Patrick says:

    Nice tits

  48. Latisha Jackson says:

    i love your fish tank its so calming when you were filming with the music and cheese was being all cute this was really cool to learn even tho i dont even have a fish

  49. Mei Yap says:

    Your tank looks so beautiful! Also so much cheese shots, he is such a cutie hahaha. So cute so tiny. Fell in love with him after one of the feed my pets vid where he was kind of eating a strawberry. Cutie
    I don't think I could handle pets right now, so I'll just watch your vids instead.

  50. Lilyshine says:

    Did you see Nemo playing around in the background?

  51. wijann says:

    We had corals in biology class today. Finally I could act like I was smart

  52. the animal kid says:


  53. Lilyshine says:

    Did you know that 93% of the sun's heat is absorbed by oceans. The temperature of the ocean has changed because of global warming. If the water temperature around corals changes by 3 degrees Fahrenheit, a coral can die. And over the past 30 years, 50% of corals have died. This is all because of global warming.

  54. Jacob Stringham says:

    You remind me of Major Houlihan from M*A*S*H

  55. Ev R says:

    I’m sorry to be negative but please stop with the plastic surgery

  56. Hanson Neil says:

    What was the music you played during the coral montage? It was so calming.

  57. The Hobbiest says:

    Sorry to get off the track , but do you breed any of your pets.

  58. Mythical_Playz - Gacha channel says:

    You:showing your fish cheese
    Me:eating cheese

  59. Keldarahs says:

    What happend 2 your lips?!

  60. Angel Face says:

    Thank you. I didnt know. Wow. Also you are crazy pretty. I hate when anyone comments on others looks. It's like women are so pretty and it's never enough.. That's why so many get with these crap men nowadays.. Makes no sense. Anyhow.. They're simply jealous as you are crazy pretty.

  61. Maya Saya says:

    My whole life I've been told by my parents and teachers that corals are like a stem that polyps grow on, and then the polyps do photosynthesis and feed the coral by doing so. I even live in Hawaii, so what the hell!

  62. Maya Saya says:

    You mentioned both coral bleaching and global warming. I live in Hawaii, and we have a lot of coral reef around us. Multiple recent studies have shown that the corals can actually handle prolonged periods of raised temperatures without bleaching, and that what is actually causing the bleaching is a chemical commonly found in sunblocks and sunscreens. Because of that the state has put a ban on any products with that chemical. I'm not saying global warming isn't rreal by any means, but coral reefs are not as affected by it as previous research has said and you don't seem to know that based on how dramatic you made the issue sound.

  63. Thé glamed Hippi witch says:

    Thank you sooooo much !

  64. Trash l-/ says:

    The part where you show your tank is sooo relaxing omg i feel sleepy now but it’s so pretty ahhh

  65. firedustflame says:

    What dou you thinl about the dip before puting corals in the tank

  66. Meru Mero says:

    Im watching nemo behind you cutiecat

  67. Pippa Lear says:

    literally no idea why I am watching an educational video about coral. But who cares what the video's about when Taylor is there

  68. Maddy O'Neill says:

    Taylor cheese has ic

  69. thot chocolate says:

    MEET MY 1000 PETS “So this is my colony of about 1,000 polyps. Here we have jim, jimbob, bob, ijm, imj, mij, mji, jmi, obb, bbo, ijmobb, imjobb, mijobb

    13 hours later

    and lastly, we have Sir Francis Drake

  70. Kyrialis Dumeng says:

    You should do more fish videos

  71. Nyan Chan says:

    This video taught me so much. Thanks Taylor!! Ps. Your lips look great<3

  72. ILuvDressage19 says:

    I love all your videos thank you for making learning about animals so cool! However you said that zooxanthellae are plants which is not true. Although photosynthetic, algae is not a true plant.

  73. Paige Morella says:

    I came just to hear you say zooxanthellae… it’s a fun word

  74. johnmichael karma says:

    Sorry, I will comment on your lips. You have extraordinary natural beauty,both physical and with your personality. Altering yourself artificially is something countless young women REGRET later on,be it tattoos,injections,implants etc. That is all,carry on. thumbs up on your vid,of course.

  75. Miss Nicole Arie says:

    Can I put a piece of amethyst gemstone in a Betta tank as a decoration?

  76. Maddie Lambert says:


  77. Kathryn Grynenko says:

    jesus christ i love ur viedos but omg how do you always have such gorgeous boobies, teach me how to pick such a bra :c

  78. Jia Lin says:

    Honestly the whole time, I was only looking at cheese at the background. Anyone watching this after cheese passed away cause yeah I did. Why u might ask? Because I miss him!? As I said , LONG LIVE KING CHEESE ?

  79. Sofia Garcia says:

    I literally just watched cheeses funeral and I'm like sitting here crying like bro he didn't deserve any of that??

  80. Sofia Garcia says:

    He didn't deserve to die

  81. hana bye says:

    anemones terrify me

  82. Simons Krasts says:

    Botox does not look good on you. BOTOX

  83. Катерина Скора says:

    this was so so interesting))

  84. Mango Bleach says:

    Now I want to eat the corals

  85. Šhïvâ says:

    I have a lot of skeletons , if you know what I mean

  86. Danica Templeton says:

    Can you give us a coral tour?

  87. Heather Sharkey says:

    Your tanks are better than any dentist office I've ever seen… I love you

  88. Ai Luna says:

    Animal agriculture and fishing is the leading cause of climate change and planet destruction though 🙁

  89. Brian Shleifer says:

    beautiful fish tank!!! I love your videos and subscribed! check out my new reef tank!! can use some more followers! Thanks 🙂

  90. Brad Ley says:

    Some corals use photosynthesis such as zoas they use the light to create zoopleliea idk if I speeled that right but the make a glucoses and produce energy

  91. Jamie Owns says:

    "Global warming is real." True. The planet will get warmer. Then you go on to talk about how it's man made. This is false sort of. See man made is adds very little to the heat. Because the reason the planet is getting warmer is because of the sun.And sadly you can't stop it. The Sun life cycle is to keep on getting warmer it will eventually get so warm that it will burn all of it's helium at this point it will red giant. Now red giant is a long way away. But the we will all be dead before that happens. Because the sun will get so warm that it will boil the oceans. We are already past half the sun life cycle. Not even the sun lasts forever. The reason the man made theory is popular is because people make a lot of money off it. It sells and can win ellections. I mean we are talking many many billions. And all the juicy government grants for ideas that don't even work like solar roadways lol. Many scientists did say this back in the day. But when man made global warming got politicized that set us on the course we are now. Plus man made global warming is highly profitable. You can't gain anything by saying the sun is the cause of the problems and we should just accept it. If you want other proof of the sun other planets in the solar system is getting warmer too.

  92. Chris McRoy says:

    Those eyebrows….

  93. dan m says:

    Barbie lips I'm out

  94. Sean Thornton says:


  95. Katherine Luo says:

    super helpful and informative. Thank you!

  96. Keya TheCat says:

    Lps also stand for little pet shop

  97. Luke Potosky says:

    This video is much longer than 10 min. I dont have much rime so maybe consider renaming your titles so i can actually watch them.

  98. Ashley Knight says:

    I loved the music along with the clips from your tank and also the ocean I actually noticed that my stress and anxiety went down while watching it so thank you

  99. Lola says:

    I didn't see anythn about your lips. either way your beauty is in your heart the out sides fades the insides stays you look perfect either way!

  100. Coral Snow says:

    What is her sign?????

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