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Old 05-15-2011, 10:14 PM   #11
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Three months is not too soon for corals in general, but I would definitely move up in hardiness, not jump in to more demanding corals like this.
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You should get some star polyps! There GREAT. Along with a frogspawn, I LOVE mine
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #13
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I do have some star polyps in my other tank but thats all the coral for it.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:11 PM   #14
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Three months is not too soon for corals in general, but I would definitely move up in hardiness, not jump in to more demanding corals like this.
More hardy corals? I thought these were good beginers from what I had read I must be going the wrong direction
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:28 PM   #15
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The trumpet coral you have (calaustrea sp.) is very hardy.

With the size of their feeder tentacles they'd probaby be better suited to being fed larger items such as mysis shrimp (concerning the trumpets, feeding is optional, not a requirement).
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Gorgonians are not good start corals.

I would start with the hardiest: Zoanthids and mushrooms. If you want Xenia it can go in early too. It is hardy, but is sensitive to changes in pH, temp, salinity, etc. so it needs a long acclimation. After that you can move on to hardy LPS (most popular is Euphyllia spp.), hardy SPS like Montipora spp., etc. Then you can move on to more challenging LPS, SPS, and clams. Obviously you need to stop early if your system can't handle certain corals because of lighting or other issues.
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Well since I do have the gorgonians what do I need to do to keep them healthy?
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Move them to the top depending on your lighting
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That may or may not help if they are photosynthetic gorgonians, which most aren't. What species are they? Can you get a scientific name, or at least a Genus?
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On liveaquaria.com it says gorgonians are expert only. I guess since they require specialized feeding
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