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Old 01-03-2005, 07:33 PM   #1
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Ready for first coral which one...

I am finally ready for my first coral...but I would like to know what I should start with...I was looking at an anemone but don't know if it is easy to take care off...if it is not then what is a good easy one to start with?
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Old 01-03-2005, 09:43 PM   #2
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Shrooms or polyps would be good.
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Your profile doesn't say what kind of lighting you have. That will have a bearing on what you get.
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Oh woops sorry I have 302 watts at the moment. And I am looking to upgrade to about 384 or so in the near future...let me know...
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that's almost 5 wpg and that will support most corals you might want. check on the light req for what you want. check out liveaquaria.com for spec's on needs of corals.
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Anemone's are one of the hardest things to keep..... I would recommend a good lookin set of mushrooms or zoos to start..... don't do like I did and just pick any kind.... get some really good looking ones.... they're almost indestructible... if you kill those you have more to learn.......
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Alright thank you for your posts...I think I am going to go with the zoos to start and see how those turn up thank you again!
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Check out leather tree or finger corals too. Easy stuff IMO.

Anenomes are usually recommended after a tank is 12 month or so old. But I think there are some who've done it earlier. Try a feather duster. Not a coral, but interesting life.
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I would not start with an anenome (these are not corals, they are inverts) as they can be challenging in a young tank. I love everyone elses ideas. Mushrooms, zoos, yellow polyps, or leatehers are all great starting corals. Even some LPS corals like torch coral or hammer coral are pretty easy and a good option for the lighting you have. Good luck...Lando
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