As beautiful as real sea life is, be it shells, coral or other forms, if you buy it in stores, you have to think about where it comes from and how it's harvested, often that's not a pretty picture. I know some of you are already avoiding anything that's harvested from the sea and ripped from a reef. So here are some sources for artificial / faux coral decor, available in many different colors, shapes and sizes.
Another option is to purchase coral decor from aqua culture farms. Look for outlets in your area that exclusively sell corals from culture farms. And ask the sales person about the source of their corals to make sure you are not buying those which are harvested from the sea.
Coral reefs cover a very small part of the ocean, less than 1 percent. But they contribute hugely to the sustenance of ecosystems needed in the oceans, attracting and supporting diverse sea life. Protecting coral reefs is a critical environmental issue. For more information read the article at Beach House Living.