Although I agree with the above suggestions as far as hardiness, etc., I'd tend to look more toward what you intend to eventually keep in the tank.
If you want an LPS
-dominated tank, start with a Fox coral (Nemenzophyllia), or Open Brain (Trachyphyllia), or a Trumpet or CandyCane (Caulastrea sp.). Most LPS
are not difficult to keep, as long as you provide good water quality, medium lighting, and stable ca
If you think you want your tank to be a 'shroom/polyp/softy reef, then by all means, start out with some mushrooms, polyps, a Colt or Leather coral.
However, if you intend this to some day be an sps
dominated reef, be careful with the mushroom/polyp choices. One of the worst mistakes I ever made was trying to use rock from our old 75g softy tank to establish our 180g sps
reef. A couple stray 'shrooms
and Green Star Polyps hitchhiked along, and now I find myself battling them back on an almost daily basis.
It can be done - the 'shrooms
, polyps, etc. can be kept on isolated rocks. Just know that there is a potential for them to turn into a "weed".
s anyone in the CT Mass area and if so are there any decent stores to get LR or corals from?
Where in CT are you? If you're willing to drive a bit further north, I could offer you a good deal on a frags
. I have large Colt & Brown Finger Leather frags
, Gorgonians, red 'shrooms
, hairy mushrooms, a couple small Trumpet frags
, zoanthids (2-3 different kinds), button polyps, and Orange ricordea. I'd be willing to sell them to you pretty cheaply - with my new work hours, shipping has become next to impossible, and I want to get rid of all the softies and change the prop. tank over to sps
only. PM me if you have any interest.