Originally Posted by Chris J
I love the look of that coral. I was recently reading your algae scrubber post and gawking in amazement at your tank pics. A few questions about the coral though, will my 4x24watt t5ho lighting be enough? what would be the best bulbs to get? And is my coral beauty going to eat it? I know the dwarf angels are hit or miss with coral comparability but in your honest opinion/experience? Also I am a complete beginner when it comes to coral, is this a good coral to start with? If not what should I go with first? Sorry to bombard you with questions but I am very interested and want to really understand what I need to give soft corals for them to thrive.
In order of your questions;
The t5's will be fine.
I don't use t5's, have gone all LED
, so somebody else can recommend bulbs. Need to know the type of fixture.
No, the coral beauty won't eat it and even if it did, it can outgrow the pestering. My coral beauty never touches it. Nor does my black tail and flame, all of which are almost 10 years old.
This is an excellent coral to start with. If you can't grow this, you have little chance with LPS
or even SPS
varieties. Just be sure to place it somewhere you can allow it to encrust onto rubble you can then remove to thin the colony. Once established, it grows quickly.
Soft corals need same as all corals, good water quality, good flow and proper lighting for the variety of coral you're growing. I suggest not trying any type of coral that only filter feed, as they are much more advanced in their care. These octocorals are able to grow with just light and whatever it can filter out of the tank water.