My question is, is the AC 500 AC bags enough chemical filtration for the SPS?
I use 1/4 cup GAC
changed weekly on my system along w/ a 12% weekly PWC
. The main culprit of chemical warfare w/ SPS
is soft coral. LPS
generally don't cause problems.
I was looking at getting an Acro or so, to star.t Are there any species that are easier to keep than others
Acros are all going to be pretty sensitive and demanding-especially when acclimating to the tank. Some more tolerant SPS
are hydnophora, stylophora, montipora, pavona, and pocillipora.
buffered at around 500 ppm
Too high IMO
. While it may not cause problems where it is, it will not take much to push it to where it can be detrimental to coral growth and start precipitating out of solution. 400-435 would be better. Above 12.5 dkh
is on the high side as well. 10-12 is best.
so any tips or tricks would be welcome
Stability and great water flow. Water flow is extremely important w/ SPS
corals. Some would argue more so than light. SPS
will brown-out, or just be drabby, and/or exhibit slow growth without proper flow. Once you mount a frag, leave it. I, and others, have had SPS
RTN or STN(rapid tissue necrosis/slow tissue necrosis) just by moving their position. Even though flow, light, etc. seem to be identical. Once SPS
get acclimated to a tank, which takes months if not a year or more for some, they are fairly hardy. Keeping PO4
as low as possible is very important. high PO4
will affect coloring as well as growth. PO4
inhibits calcification, and can stop it all together at high enough levels. Good luck, it sounds like your getting the SPS
bug- your bank account just got the chills lol.