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Old 01-11-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Easier corals to keep

What are some of the easier corals to keep? My lighting is a 4 bulb fixtures with 2 actinics and 2 10000k.
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:27 PM   #2
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Anything soft, except carnations.....

Mushrooms, leathers, zoanthids and the such.

If you do well with those then maybe thing about some of the easier LPS.
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What supplements do those need?
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None, they don't build skeletons so just regular water changes are all you need.

Softies actually prefer slightly dirtier water, so are ideal for starters.
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Ok thanks leighton79! Do I need to feed them?
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Zoanthids and palythoas are great for starters - they don't need any feeding apart from light, though my paly's get an occasional treat of mysis shrimp: seems to be making them grow a bit quicker.

From what I understand, the same is true of zoanthids - I'm just not psychotic/determined enough to try to feed each little polyp.

Green star polyps are another fairly easy coral that grows like mad on just light - it very quickly overtook a rock it was living on for me.
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No, no food.

Just a bit of light and dont pummel them with flow and they will do fine.
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Ok thanks a lot guys!
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Off of the thread subject but are anenomes easy to keep? What do they need besides light?
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Nems shouldn't be in a tank that hasn't been setup for atleast a year...they aren't the easiest thing to take care of.

In terms of easy corals, I have good success with soft corals...kenya tree, mushroom leather...I have zoas, duncans, and rics...my zoas have been struggling as have my green star polyps. They are easier, but for whatever reason I have much better luck so far with my duncan, rics, and mushrooms.

Kenya trees, green stars, and some others are really easy to keep (unless you are me it seems) and can grow like weeds, easily overtaking things in your tank. This is what makes them great beginner corals.
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