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Old 10-07-2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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I'm going to be starting my reef building soon. My current tank has sufficient lighting and stocking for corals.

What additional things do I need to test for (other than salinity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and ph)? I have a dKH test kit but I am sure I will need the others.

I plan on getting some zoanthids and mushrooms to start off with.. I hear they are good beginner corals. I also read zoa's are poisonous. Do they make the water poisonous to put your hands in or just if you touch them? I should get some latex gloves, but is there any other hardware I will need? What about pruning? Scissors or.. ?

What are some other good beginner corals?

Do corals need to be fed or are they photosynthetic? If so, what do I feed them? Do they need to be target fed?

How can a coral be listed as "semi-agressive"? lol seems like a dumb thing to me at this point.

Why would I want to buy a frag? It seems so tiny when I could just get a larger one. Seems like a frag would take a really long time to grow out.

Lots of questions! Any good articles I can read as well?
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I`ll answer a few. IMO you dont need to feed the corals. They get all they need from the water column and lighting. I`ve never target fed mine except the orange sun polyps and they are low light corals. As far as the water testing it`s important to test for calcium.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:25 PM   #3
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frags are cheaper compared to full grown.
zoas when they squirt you is poisonous
watch your phosphates
semi-aggressive - not sure what you're asking but basically some corals sting and send out tentacles at night that sting or send toxins like some leathers
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:28 PM   #4
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To start off keeping corals is not that hard. You don't need to be testing calcium or magnesium until you have huge amounts of sps. Frags tend to grow better in tanks then adding large colonies. This gives the coral a chance to grow and adapt to your own tank , and also they are a lot cheaper. You will not need pruning things till around the 2 ish year mark. Corals are aggressive meaning they can sting and produce chemicals in the the tank to kill near by corals. Feeding you really don't need to if the coral is photosynthetic, although filter feeders can benefit from zooplankton or phytoplankton.
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Old 10-07-2011, 06:51 PM   #5
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thanks a lot!
so i'm going to go pick up calcium and phosphate tests and some latex gloves and i should be good until i get some corals
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they only had calcium test kit at the lfs
my calcium is 440

so i'll need to get the phosphate test online. what about magnesium, silicates, iodine
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:49 PM   #7
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Unless I want to watch things grow rather than having an impressive tank I should buy larger corals instead of frags, right? I mean, do corals grow slow?
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Depends on lighting, but IME corals grow relatively slow. Green Star Polyps and Xenia are the fastest growers in my tank.

Iodine is important for everything, magnesium is mainly for SPS, and I have never even heard of silicate testing (probably have, just do not remember it)
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Didn't I read somewhere hat you treated your tank with copper? Maybe I'm wrong, but that could mess up your plans.

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Didn't I read somewhere hat you treated your tank with copper? Maybe I'm wrong, but that could mess up your plans.

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Yeah you will need a new tank and whatever was inside the tank. Including the pumps running.
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