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Old 10-20-2005, 02:29 AM   #1
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Lighting, what corals to get?

Right now I have 28W t5 acintic, and 175w 10k MH in a 37 gal tall tank suspended maybe 6-8 inches off the water. As far as corals go, what would I be able to have in my tank? Currently I have some pulsing Xenia, red and blue shrooms, and frogspawn which is placed high in the tank that seems to be doing excellent. Also what anemones would be suitable for me? TIA
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Old 10-20-2005, 04:34 AM   #2
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if I remember right you have a fairly new setup right?
how long has it been setup?
most will tell you to wait on the anemones..
if frogspawn is doing well.. hammer coral isnt effected by its sweeper tenticals.. from what Ive read.. (they are closely related)
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Old 10-20-2005, 11:29 AM   #3
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Its coming up on its second month of being up and stable(3-4 day cycle period). Ya I understand to wait a good 6 months or longer, and thats fine I can wait.
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green Bubble coral, hammer coral (8 heads!) ,various Zoos,green finger leather, green star polpys ,shrooms
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2x maxi jett 1200
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:15 PM   #4
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Typically you can really put w/e you want considering your lighting. BUT things to consider; what corals can go with the ones youve already chosen? depending on the philosophy you chose about raising corals might determine the corals you . SPS and anemones are not supposed to mix depending on the literature you read. etc etc.. Typically look at the corals you like.. the corals you want because you have enough light to do what ever you want. Go through you LFS or a coral identification book or the like and find the species you really want Then do research from there to find out compatability. then once youve figured it out go for it.
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Old 10-20-2005, 05:27 PM   #5
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I also am pushing about 20x turnover for water, I can raise it higher, so that should help with corals hurting eachother, I think atleast.
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green Bubble coral, hammer coral (8 heads!) ,various Zoos,green finger leather, green star polpys ,shrooms
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Considering you are in a closed system (and a small one), the water turnover rate is not going to have much impact on the chemical warfare (allelopathy) within the tank. This toxic soup is as/more dangerous than the potential physical aggression. For example, Xenia is known to have a chemical that is very damaging to various SPS corals.....something else to consider. I would be sure to have Eric Borneman's coral book which goes into some detail on coral chemical toxicity with most species.
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Old 10-20-2005, 06:37 PM   #7
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so what does this tell you in easy terms? if you do put the odd specimen that may fight with each other chemically in your system, frequent H20 changes are a must
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I'm changing 20% every 2 weeks.
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green Bubble coral, hammer coral (8 heads!) ,various Zoos,green finger leather, green star polpys ,shrooms
175w 10k MH
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2x maxi jett 1200
Prizm skimmer (modded)
Hagen powerfilter(for running carbon 24/7)
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Having a smaller tank is going to limit you on the types of corals you get. Xenia ia nice but you should keep it off any man sections or LR, it can take over a tank fast so keeping it on the SB where it can't get to any large LR IMO is a good plan.
Corals like the Galaxea have long sweeper tentacles so they need lots of room, some reaching 8+ inches on larger corals.
My FS and hammer get along fine, they touch all day every day. But my large hammer stings my finger leather. My yellow leather is getting large and it does not get along with any thing, the kenyas sting it and it keeps the polyps in in that area.
All my zoos seem to get along, but my hairy shroon stunk the heck out of my reg shroons.
Keep doing your home work before you buy too many.
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Old 10-20-2005, 08:47 PM   #10
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Oh nothing I have right now is very large, they are all frag peices.
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green Bubble coral, hammer coral (8 heads!) ,various Zoos,green finger leather, green star polpys ,shrooms
175w 10k MH
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2x maxi jett 1200
Prizm skimmer (modded)
Hagen powerfilter(for running carbon 24/7)
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