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Old 10-31-2003, 11:27 AM   #1
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Are corals difficult?

I'm thinking about having corals but I want to know whether they're difficult to handle or not. Do you feed them? Are there certain things that should be in your water? Or once they're in do you not have to mess with them that much?
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Old 10-31-2003, 12:03 PM   #2
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Just like fish, there are difficult corals to keep and east corals to keep. Some need to be fed others can get food from the water column.

If you go slow & start with easy to keep corals and very gradually try more & more difficult corals you can learn along the way.

I always suggest starting with Mushrooms. They are pretty & fun to propogate. After a while write back for more suggestions.

Can you tell us more about your setup?
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the difficulty is in the eye of the beholder. do a little search through the sight and see what you think. or better yet get a few books and read them to find out just what goes into corals.
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Old 10-31-2003, 12:04 PM   #4
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It would really depend on the coral type. Most corals vary in care from species to species. Soft will require some type of feeding but will primarily get what they need from proper lighting. The same is true of LPS/SPS but they will also require proper chem level in the water as well, alk/Ca etc.

Tell us what you had in mind as well as your current set up to help determine your needs.

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75 gal with a fluval 404 canister filter, 1 powerhead (i know i could use another powerhead for coral or a wavemaker), No live rock yet...I'm planning on getting around 90 lbs of fiji from liveaquaria.com and i found a MH hood that'll give me about 330watts of light. I'm just lookin for simple corals, ones that look nice and don't take a lot of maintenance.
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ones that look nice
Once again we are back to the eye of the beholder. Some people love softies because of how they look while others just go drop jaw over LPS and others do the same with SPS.

I would suggest if you have not done so maybe look thru our photo gallery ad the corals and decide what you feel appels to you visually. Once we have a basis of what types your looking to keep we can give you our best advice on lighting requirements, water requirements, etc.

Overall I would classify most softies and mushrooms as easy to keep. There are some sofies that I would classify as expert or even 'impossible' to keep alive corals but the bulk of them are very easy.

I do give one suggestion and that is to say away from any coral that shares the common name of "Flower pot".
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Old 10-31-2003, 01:29 PM   #7
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lose the canister filter, just my 2 cent 8)
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Since you have the canister filter, I would still use it so you didn't waste your money....It can be used just to move some water around. I have a fluval 204 and i only use it to run carbon and to circulate water. I do have a powerhead as well as a skimmer also.
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Why should he lose the canister filter? Is it bad to have one if you keep corals?
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Canister filters will basicly collect and cause your nitrates to remain somewhat high. Corals and nitrates do not mix.
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