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Old 09-07-2003, 02:11 PM   #1
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LPS = dull colors??

Hey guys,

I know I am about 4-5 months away from putting in any corals, but I have been looking over them recently to try and get a feel about what I want to put in.

From what I can tell so far, LPS is definitely the way to go for the novice reef keeper. But, unfortunately, does this also mean that I have to sacrifice color? They just aren't as pretty as the SPS's are.

What I would like to do is begin with about 4-5 corals in my 40 after my tank matures. Does everyone still recommend LPS since I am a novice reef keeper? If so, what would be 4-5 colorful specimens to put in the tank. I just don't want to end up keeping corals that are brown/tan. I want some darn color.

I should have plenty of light for most corals. 40 gallon tank with a 250 MH 14K Hamilton....
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Old 09-07-2003, 02:43 PM   #2
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You have lots of choices for color, you just need be patient and wait for the right one and visit your prefered LFS as often as possible. You can also try checking with them for when new corals are do to arrive in. It's a first come first serve hobby

Here are a few suggestions:

Trachyphyllia geoffroyi Brain coral
Lobophyllia Brain coral
Bubble Coral
Button Coral
Plate Coral
Torch Coral
Candy Cane

As you can see there are many available and don't need to be brown.

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I am a total goof sometimes. I was thinking that soft corals and LPS were one in the same. I had no idea that LPS were in fact hard corals and soft corals were a totally different thing. Its the soft corals that are drab when compared to the hard corals.

Duh!!

I still have a long way to go.

Thx for the help Steve. I love some of those suggestions.
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On that one I would agree, there are many dull looking soft corals available and many of the more colorful can be very difficult to care for and not recommended for beginners (some experts as well ).

Your best bet for easy to care for soft corals would as always, different types of mushrooms and possibley some zoanthud polyps depending on the lighting of the set up. There are certain types of Cladiella sp, Sarcophyton sp and Capnella sp with varying colors of yellow, pink, green and purple but are not always easy to find.

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polyps, and many colors of mushrooms can be very colorful. I have a wonderful pair of red and purple pokidot mushrooms as well as a nice mat of green star polyps.

LPS have a hard stoney base hense the Large Polyp Stoney designation.

Hammer corls, frogspawns and torch corals are also some rather colorful LPS.
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