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Old 09-04-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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Looking To purchase Hard Corals. Info, Help, Needed??

I have a 55gal. 450Watt 20K CoralLife MH, 3 1W Lunar Lights, Live sand 4in DSB, over 75lbs. Live Rock, 1 Cinnamon Clownfish, Magenta Dottyback, Kole Tang, Cardinalfish, snails, crabs, Feather Duster, Sabae Purple Tipped Anenome, 1 White Leather Coral, Red Sun polyp, assorted polyps, Kenya trees, Devil's hand, 2 Assorted Color Plate Corals, Star Polyps, Frogspawn, Fox Coral, Flat Brain, Green Bubble Coral, Mushrooms, Green Star Polyps, Wet/Dry filter, Protein Skimmer, Heater. I am interested in trying Hard Corals they look beautiful and with the MH I think they should look great. Any ideas on what to purchase? Care? Thanks
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Old 09-04-2005, 10:02 PM   #2
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Kenya trees are tough stingers and leathers produce some nasty toxic warfare so you'll have to run carbon and keep the kenyas at bay. Once you get started I think the digitatas are generally more forgiving than most hard corals so they're probably a good place to start. Monti Cap is also an easy grower.

The best way, IMO is to start with some frags of things as the price per piece is low enough and most of these are aquacultured so they're a bit more forgiving in that regard as well. Then you'll see what does best with the flow in your tank and what doesn't do so well (SPS want 10-20gph turnover in the tank). I have a couple of unhappy acro frags in my main right now but a stock tank full of hard corals and LPSs that are stock corals for the NJRC that are all very happy. There are 3 leathers in my main and I think the toxins are more than the SPS care for.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 09-05-2005, 12:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info now about the toxic warfare you were talking about I am miunderstanding the kenya trees have been in my tank for 3 months and are doing fine. I have a WD filter with carbon in it and also the PS has carbon in it as well. Any places you prefer online that sell the hard frags? I am upgrading my flow with a Mag 12 pump soon.
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if you want some sites i would try liveaquaria.net or thatpetplace.com's live fish part of theyre site.
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Old 09-05-2005, 10:07 AM   #5
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My preference for frags is local reef clubs. That's really the best place to get them. You can get just about anything (standard) for 10$ a frag. NJ has one, and I'm sure there are some in the city. As for the Kenya it touched a green/purple monti cap in my tank and the coral had RTNd in less than 24 hours. Dead as a door nail. You just have to be careful what they have access to!

Hope that clears it up a little.
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:04 PM   #6
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I would say you already have an interesting mix in your tank, just whatever you do, leave a lot of space for the SPS corals to grow. Your tank sounds quite crowded already...
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Old 09-05-2005, 04:04 PM   #7
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http://flickr.com/photos/59422509@N00/ Check out my tank. I see alot of 55 gals more crowded then mine. What should I do? Thanks
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Nice setup. Chemical warfare can take over a year, sometimes two for you to notice and when you do notice, its too late most of the times. I like to leave at least 6" between corals so that they have minimum contact between them.

In your case you already have quite a population of softies and LPS, I see you even have an anemone. This combination can last for a year, maybe two, but slowly your coral population may start going downhill.

In my experience, to handle this so called coral gardens where you see SPS, LPS and softies together, you need a super efficient skimmer and still corals will not thrive, they might survive at best...

What I can recommend best is focus on maybe one or two groups of cnidarians but not more.

Well I don't want to discourage you or anything, this is just my opinion...
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Old 09-05-2005, 10:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the opinion everything helps. Great advice. What should I do with my setup? I have no stoneies or Hard corals but would love to start getting into them. I see 55gal. with tons of corals crowding the tank. What should I do to prevent chemical warfare? Should I add more rock? I tried moving things away but I feel there is no room lol. Any suggestions? Thanks again for everything. Also do you have a pic of your tank?
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Well you already have stonies, well LPS, but stonies still. SPS corals are somewhat less aggressive but can suffer in the long term as I said before. If you already have a skimmer and is an efficient one, then you could as well give it a shot.

Adding live rock is always good but that will not contribute into placing more corals, in fact it will add to your bioload.

Try not to move corals around so much, once placed somewhere, it is better to leave it in its place so that it will not suffer unnecessary stress from all the movement, changing lighting conditions, etc.

The skimmer is of major relevance in successful reef aquaria.

No I don't have a pic of my setup but I will upload as soon as I can get a hold of a nice digital camera, I am kind of old school and still shoot with 35mm film...
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