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Old 10-22-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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Buying damaged corals

Hey guys, I've been looking at maybe purchasing 3-4 different 'damaged' corals from my lfs, they are only $5 each and some of them don't even look that bad. Does anyone think this is a good idea? I know you can't see the condition they're in but would there be a chance that a few could or would survive?

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:16 AM   #2
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And if they are going to die, why would they be for sale? Thanks
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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Hey guys, I've been looking at maybe purchasing 3-4 different 'damaged' corals from my lfs, they are only $5 each and some of them don't even look that bad. Does anyone think this is a good idea? I know you can't see the condition they're in but would there be a chance that a few could or would survive?

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Ive done it before and never have saved one once they start to die they usually dont come back. Lps and sps are hard to get to come back ive never bought dying softies though.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:27 AM   #4
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I was bought a finger tip coral from my girlfriend that was damaged didn't make it didn't even blossom or open big waste of money
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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If you could provide us with a lil more info of how they are "damaged" we could give you a more accurate answer but I've bought quite a few sad looking corals for cheap to turn them around. A fellow member on AA actually gave me his receding birdsnrst which I've brought back over the last 2 months.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:50 AM   #6
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Hey guys, I've been looking at maybe purchasing 3-4 different 'damaged' corals from my lfs, they are only $5 each and some of them don't even look that bad. Does anyone think this is a good idea? I know you can't see the condition they're in but would there be a chance that a few could or would survive?

Thanks again, all opinions, experiences and tips please post.!
I have done this as well.. I never had much luck with LPS ( I have but its like a 30% chance) but soft corals always have.. I find it fun and for as cheap as they are between 5 and 10 for me its worth the shot.
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If you could provide us with a lil more info of how they are "damaged" we could give you a more accurate answer but I've bought quite a few sad looking corals for cheap to turn them around. A fellow member on AA actually gave me his receding birdsnrst which I've brought back over the last 2 months.
Sorry but I'm not even sure what condition they are in as they change corals and conditions each week or so. But I just meant in general if people have bought them and had success, and yes soft corals is my more preferred option. Thanks for posting
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I have done this as well.. I never had much luck with LPS ( I have but its like a 30% chance) but soft corals always have.. I find it fun and for as cheap as they are between 5 and 10 for me its worth the shot.
Oh that's good to know, as I am looking to get another soft coral or so. Yes that's exactly why I am also looking too, I think the fun in gambling with purchasing 3-4 corals for 20 Dollars, rather than just buying one for 30+.
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I've also have had luck with soft coral , as long as they get a nice spot in the tank they've always seem to turn around .
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I bought this one yesterday from my LFS and it looks to be a leather of some sort and a Kenya tree with the rock. Got it for five bucks due to it being covered with aptasia. My butterfly ate all the aptasia within ten minutes of being in the tank! So a win for me! Anyone know what kinda leather it is? Here's a pic.
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