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Old 08-23-2013, 10:20 PM   #11
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Ok that's fine.

Do you know any other corals I could keep with my light?
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:23 AM   #12
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Some others will chime in, but most soft corals like Xenia and other octocorals need low to medium lighting. So does green star polyps, just be aware these corals can grow like weeds.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:29 PM   #13
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I heard that about green star poylps.

Is there a way of keeping them from not growing so fast and taking over? Or do you just let them grow, cut them to sell back to the lfs maybe?
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I just let mine grow then frag them it's easy as they grow in a mat much like a carpet You can peel up a large piece the cut it and sell it to your LFS
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How do you cut it?

I feel like if I do that I'm going to kill it.

What do you use to cut it?
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It grows on a rubbery mat. You can pry it loose with a sharpened screwdriver, but I leave small sacrificial rocks around it to grow on. You might damage a polyp on the edge, but the colony will be fine.
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Do I leave the coral in the tank and do it or take it out?
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You can remove it for a short time to work on it.
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And I will need to buy some more tests kits, am I right in saying that in addition to:

PH, salinity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate.

I will need to get calcium and alkalinity?
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And I will need to buy some more tests kits, am I right in saying that in addition to:

PH, salinity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate.

I will need to get calcium and alkalinity?
I test for phosphates and don't worry about ammonia.
Nitrate and I don't worry about nitrite. (although I test both)
Ph and salinity are major ones.
Calcium and alkalinity are necessary if you're going to maintain a reef. Otherwise water changes with a good salt mix and RO/DI water will keep your parameters in check.
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