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Old 01-23-2013, 03:18 PM   #1
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SPS/LPS Corals, Calcium Reactors, Carbon Reactors. Phosphate etc etc

These are all the things a reef enthusiast will be talking about plus more.

I'd like to start a discussion on Corals and how they are best kept. This could help a lot of us out there that are probably too scared to ask. I used to be but if you dont ask you wont know.

I'm in process of setting up my 90G and hoping to do a full blown reef. I want to make sure my water is stable so talking about Phosphate and Calcium will help me understand more about the topic. Could someone explain a little more in detail how Phosphate and Calcium are imporant to watch and also how we should be doing it.

I think another great subject is different types of corals. I dont know much myself about them however i'm very interested in introducing numerous species both hard and soft. Could someone jump in and go in to more detail on what SPS and LPS corals are and other types of corals. Also explaining how to tell them apart.

Obviously this is a wide spread topic but i'm hoping this thread will provide us with a little more knowledge on keep corals.

Thanks in advance and look forward to hearing everyones comments.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'm sure a lot of us could lean from this. ill subscribe.

Let me talk about what I know.

LPS= long polyp stony coral
SPS=short polyp stony coral.

Now, I found that one that is new to a reef tank almost graduates to sps corals. The best thing for coral is stable water. I put in my soft corals after 2 months an by 5 months put in LPS. But that was just me based on my comfort level.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:34 PM   #3
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I'll be adding all my livestock including sand and rock from my old tank straight over to my new tank so effectively i wont have a cycle and its almost an established tank.

I'd like to add the equipment first so il be adding a top up system, Deltec MCE600 skimmer and not sure about a reactor of somesort.

How can you tell the difference between SPS and LPS? Maybe someone can upload a picture of an ovbious difference?
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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I personally don't have sps yet. Hopefully within two or three weeks ill have a birds nest coral.

Here are two heads of my hammer coral. This is an example of an LPS .
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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Cool this is my hammerhead.


I've been reading up and I thinki
Going to get a calcium reactor rather than dosing.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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Lighting

Soft coral - almost any lighting will do
LPS - At least T5 lighting
SPS - Metal Halide or strong LEDs. Recomended 5 watts of light per gallon


Minimum recomended requirements for coral growth
Calcium - 400
Magnesium - 1350
Alk - 7.5

Just some basic guidlines that I'm sure someone will say are wrong...
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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Any thoughts on power compacts? Should I use 10,000 or 6700 ?
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Actually, It's Scleractinian, as in Small Polyp Scleractinian-
Scleractinia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Unless you have a tank that's loaded with these, (and when I say loaded, I don't mean twenty 1" frags, I mean mature colonies) you will be able to replace all elements with a simple water change regimen with a reef grade salt mix.

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This 60" x 30" x 25" tall tank that used to be in my basement was not dosed ever, and no calcium reactor in sight. Weekly water changes kept all of these football and basketball sized colonies growing and healthy-


As was this 8' x 24" x 17" tall coral tank-

I don't know if you can make it out, but there is a 14" clam in there as well.

Also, in terms of lighting, watts per gallon isn't a very good rule to go by due to individual efficiency per watt.
T5's are every bit as capable for SPS as metal halide is. LEDs however, are much more potent than both, providing you choose the right unit.
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I'm readin along BC I wanna know more and wanted have some myself someday
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:33 AM   #10
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X, those tanks are gorgeous. Someday when I'm not in an apartment I swear I will have a basement full of tanks


For now a 75 gallon will have to do
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