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Old 09-15-2005, 02:46 PM   #11
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Yep, sounds like you have plenty of lighting. One thing to keep in mind is that mushrooms, polyps, and leathers are some of the hardiest of corals....but can also be the most toxic in terms of chemical warfare. You may want to add only a few select species (Eric Borneman's book has quite a bit on the toxicity of species) if you plan on adding LPS, etc. in the future.

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Old 09-15-2005, 04:06 PM   #12
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Also remember that in a small tank you are going to be limited in space. corals need space and they will hurt each other if there too close. most shroon, zoos, polyps get along. Hammers, frogspawn, torches need there space.
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Xenia is easy and a nice coral but can take over a tank so be careful with this one.

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Old 09-15-2005, 04:29 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info.
The names of specific corals I should try and what you feed them would be great.
What do you use to increase circulation?? Most people just stick in powerheads, but they are ugly. I made a self contained closed loop system that is hidden out of sight. I took PVC pipe and made "Y" shaped manifold that is buried in the sand bed with the outlets protruding just above the sand. The pump is a large capacity powerhead hidden in the back of the tank with LR. I have two of these and they seem to work great. R
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Old 09-15-2005, 08:17 PM   #14
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Sounds like you have plenty of light with 4wpg. You could easily be able to keep a wide array of corals including shrooms, zoos, blastos, frogspawn, .... Your setup sounds fine. The thing is that COULD do well with what you have. The fact of the matter is that it is addictive and the next thing you know you're adding things that push your limits and then upgrading your setup to accomodate

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Old 09-16-2005, 12:44 PM   #15
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I am not up on all the intricacies of a reef yet but would it be safer to exclude leathers due to possible chemical releases? (i've heard it referred to as chemical warfare Though I have also read that keeping carbon in the filtration system will counter this. Please set me straight.
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Old 09-19-2005, 02:16 AM   #16
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yeah any sarcophyton is a concern in that department and carbon should help. There is no silver bullet though and it is best just to keep compatable animals in your aquarium. If you are set on having leathers and lots of sps corals I would say get a big tank the extra water volume helps dilute any toxins and give each coral the space it requires.
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Old 09-20-2005, 11:04 AM   #17
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Thanks for the info--you all have been very helpful.

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