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Old 03-12-2009, 07:29 PM   #1
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Elegance Coral Advice Needed!

Guys have seen a nice Elegance Coral in my LFS, as always I have scoured the web and have been reading that they have not had a high survival rate lately........... also that high lighting can kill them...... currently running MH is this to bright for them?

Any experiences or advice is greatly received.
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How much MH and what size tank?
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:49 PM   #3
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Whole system runs 300 gallons..... 8ft DT & 6ft sump..... MH is 6ft with 3 150W 10,000K each on from 1200-2100.
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450W on a what, 220 gallon display tank?

that's not much light
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Yeah ....... all other softs are doing fine so are my BTA's never had an issue of low lighting before.
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I just got a feeling that the reports, and my past experience support the notion that regardless what you do it won't last long. I've heard the same reports and talked directly with a number of folks over 6 years maybe. One had success and I haven't heard from him in a while.

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I`ve also heard the same reports. Liveaquaria puts it in the moderate care level but I would put it in the difficult level. JMO
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Not to mention moderate to strong lighting. You better put him up high
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Guys have seen a nice Elegance Coral in my LFS, as always I have scoured the web and have been reading that they have not had a high survival rate lately........... also that high lighting can kill them...... currently running MH is this to bright for them?

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Although experiencing difficulties w/ Elegant Coral lately, it used to very easy to keep coral going back around 20 yrs.
It may have to do areas where (different locations, deeper water than shallow, etc)they collect now.
If it is well, I mean, well extended at lfs, you can try but MUST see the coreal when retracted. Any possible damages to skin near the tips can cause melt down of coral in no time when transferred from tank to tank.
Ask lfs to turn it around. By doing so tentacles will retract thus can have better view for inspection.
Make sure to have them bag coral underwater also.
Find out what kind of lighting at lfs and remember the location of its placement at the time of purchase.

When putting in your AQ with MH,try putting it low and gradually acclimated it to your light by bringing up to mid to 2/3 level, You have to monitor and decide. Indirect strong movement around the Elegant always worked for me. GO easy on feeding if target feeding.
Hopr this helped a bit.
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Many thanks for the advice I think, as with all things in a reef, I shall put one in, monitor it and move as required...... the ones I am looking at have been in my LFS for about 8-12 weeks now and are doing fine.
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