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Old 07-19-2010, 10:31 PM   #1
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Thinkin of corals

I know I have said I did not want corals, but as usual the bug has bit me and I want to give it a try. What would be some good starter corals. I want something that doesn't need alot of tending to start with. I believe someone told me mushrooms were pretty well self maintaing. What else would be a good set of coral to begin with. The tank is 180g(72x24x24) with a 8x39w t5ho fixture.

I do have a tiger and chestnut cowrie in there, I heard they can be a problem. Other than that I have 3 turbos, and assorted snails. The fish are 1 firefish,1 mcoskers wrasse, 2 clowns, 1 powder brown tang. Also, have about 230 lbs of live rock, the tank has been running for a couple months.
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Some good starters would be mushrooms, polyps, a leather coral and maybe a bubble coral.
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Anything special to take care of them(supplements or anything) Would my lighting be enough to handle just about anything?
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In a 180 gallon tank I dont think it will do everything esp. because of the depth but it will handle all LPS and soft corals and some moderate light SPS. IMO
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Ok, I don't want anything that would be exremely difficult to care for. Thanx for the advice. They are 12000k bulbs but I guess wattage determines the penetration.
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Nowadays Par or intensity is what matters. WPG is old school but I still use it as a broad guideline.
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6' is a long tank for even 8x39w t-5 lights. How long is the fixture by the way?
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6ft, I have them in 4 rows of two. I do have room for 2 more rows if needed
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Yeah, I was thinking with two rows you won't have the spread of light you would need and your corals would end up mostly in the center and top.
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So do you think the 4 rows will be ok or should I add two more.
Will either cowrie snail pose a problem
Will any of the corals other than mushrooms that mike suggested need supplements
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