Originally Posted by catmel
Intereresting to know about mushrooms and GSP - I started with them because they were supposidly easy / grew quick. My one LFS
has a lot of corals, but nothing else 'easy'. I want to make sure I do it right with those. I'd love some pretty zoo's, but the LFS
doesnt have any great ones.
Thinking more about this, the whole "easy" coral thing has never really made sense to me. Granted, many corals are much more tolerable to mistreatment than others, but looking at all the corals in my tank tonight, I can't really say I treat some differently than others. Some I spot feed, some I don't - but that doesn't make one "easier" than another. I mean, spot feeding is just squirting food at a coral polyp... how difficult can that be?!
I think the normal "easy" coral recommendations are normally very inexpensive corals - ones that aren't going to break the bank if it doesn't survive. Take for example Duncans... those are about as easy as they get. But with the price tag on them, I sure wouldn't recommend it to someone as their first coral!
IF you thoroughly research the requirements of the coral (placement, flow, lighting, etc) and place a coral where it should be placed, and keep good water parameters, the vast majority of corals should be easy. If a coral dies, then it's not that it wasn't "easy"... it's just that it was improperly placed or was on the road to the graveyard before you even got it. Really no different than fish.
For example... zoanthids are supposed to be "easy", right? I went through four (I think?) rocks of zoanthids, just to watch them wither away. Water parameters were perfect. In retrospect though, I don't think I gave them enough light. I now have some palys and zoanthids much higher in the tank, and they're doing very well.
Guess my point is... dive in! Buy an LPS
coral (after adequate research!) and go for it. Never know until you try!
... I used to keep my SG
between 1.024-1.025 but have drifted to the 1.025-1.026 range. Nowadays, I get nervous if I over do my top off and it gets under 1.025.