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Old 02-10-2005, 11:52 PM   #1
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1st time coral suggestions, please

Hey Everyone --

My tank's been up and running a year, and I'm starting to get the itch for some corals. I'd like to start easy, and not jump off the deep end with something that will be too expensive or too tough to keep. So, I have two questions:

1- Can you point me to a good resource that describes the various corals (hard and soft), perhaps even organize them by "difficulty", and

2- I'd welcome some suggestions for what to start with, or what you have had luck with when you started.

Thanks!
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55 gal, CC base with 120# LR
CurrentUSA ORBIT 4x65W PC with moonlights
Seaclone skimmer
Fluval 304 for carbon and LR rubble
couple of MaxiJet-900 PHs
Calcium and Corbonate supplements 2x/week

Occupants:
2 percula clowns | 1 kole tang
1 royal gramma | 1 lawnmower blenny
1 cleaner shrimp | 1 fire shrimp
2 emerald crabs | bunch of snails and hermits

The uninvited:
1 curlyQ anemone | 1 flower anemone
a boatload of fire worms and brittle/banded stars
... and now 100% mantis free!
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:07 AM   #2
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Check out www.liveaquaria.com for good pics and desriptions on corals. There are many easy to keep starter corals. What type of lighting do you have?
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:44 AM   #3
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Thanks Lando (see my signature block for tank details). And thanks for the site -- looks like a good resource
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ok....... where is your signature?????
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Old 02-11-2005, 07:44 AM   #5
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Hmmm -- sorry, but this is wierd. I included it in my first post of this thread, and it still appears for me. I wonder if there is something up with the server? In any event, I've added it here again. And in case it's not included, I've got a 55 gal FOWLR with about 110# of LR and CurrentUSA ORBIT 4x65W PC with moonlights. Residents include 1 ea cleaner, fire, and pep shrimp, a kole tang, and 2 perculas.
Thanks!
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The setup:
55 gal, CC base with 120# LR
CurrentUSA ORBIT 4x65W PC with moonlights
Seaclone skimmer
Fluval 304 for carbon and LR rubble
couple of MaxiJet-900 PHs
Calcium and Corbonate supplements 2x/week

Occupants:
2 percula clowns | 1 kole tang
1 royal gramma | 1 lawnmower blenny
1 cleaner shrimp | 1 fire shrimp
2 emerald crabs | bunch of snails and hermits

The uninvited:
1 curlyQ anemone | 1 flower anemone
a boatload of fire worms and brittle/banded stars
... and now 100% mantis free!
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Leathers and shrooms are pretty much my standard answer for "easy". Ricordias too. I've had pretty good luck with frogspawn and hammer on the bottom of a 75g with the same lights you have. Might try some feather dusters also. Not coral, but will also add to the visual beauty of the tank IMO. Check out Xenia (fast spreading), and some zoos.

I'd recommend Julian Sprung's coral book too for references on corals and care requirements.
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That is pretty good lighting. You should be able to keep many soft corals and LPS corals as well.
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