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Old 12-23-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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Coral frags!

Hey everyone! I want to buy some coral for my soon to be reef tank, and i am short in money. So i was wondering how long it would take a normal soft coral to reach respectable size (4-5")

I would use this information todetermine wether i would like to buy 6-7 frags or 1-2 colony corals. Thanks!!!!!!
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:41 PM   #2
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It varies greatly based on what you're looking at. Stuff like my open brain can take quite some time to go from tiny to big. LPS in general seem to grow a lot slower than sps.

Honestly the fastest stuff I've seen is palythoa and zoanthids, and green star polyps or similar stuff. I've only had my GSP for about a week and it's already started to spread onto the rock next to it. My palys I've had for around 2 months I guess, and they are also now starting to spread nicely.

Open brain...well...he just does what he does and chills. No inclination to split, spread, or anything else
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Okay thanks!!! So polyps spread fast??
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Okay thanks!!! So polyps spread fast??
I'd imagine it depends on the polyp - having not had any real zoas before I can only speak from what I've heard, which is that they will indeed spread in the proper environment.

I'd say my palythoa have nearly doubled in size in the couple months since I got them - they're all still fairly tightly packed together right now, but the number of polyps has grown dramatically. About 2 weeks ago two of them broke off - I moved them to another location in the tank, and there's now another 3 or 4 baby polyps coming up.
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Thanks alot guys! So it would be smart for a coral noob like me to buy frags right?
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Thanks alot guys! So it would be smart for a coral noob like me to buy frags right?
Depends on how patient you are. I'm a n00b too and have found it more efficient to buy normal chunks of coral, but to pick easy to care for ones.

It's more expensive this way, and I'm only adding about a coral every 3 weeks or so - but I think that having a large coral in a tank looks better than a whole butt-ton of teeny tiny frags.

Suppose it also depends on how large the frags are you're talking about. LFS near me has "frags" of zoas that are probably 15 - 20 polyps big.
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Haha ya the frags by me are prob the size of a quarter? Thats what i think, but im not 100% i think we can be pacient
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I go with frags.... you get to watch them grow, and if they don't do well, you didn't lose too much money! (I tried an sps under my T5, didn't make it, and I'm glad I only lost $10!) All of my frags have grown, it's cool to take before and after pics! good luck
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I go with frags.... you get to watch them grow, and if they don't do well, you didn't lose too much money! (I tried an sps under my T5, didn't make it, and I'm glad I only lost $10!) All of my frags have grown, it's cool to take before and after pics! good luck
Haha awesome! How fast har they grown???
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