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Old 12-31-2004, 10:50 PM   #1
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Thinking about getting an open brain coral..advice??

My tank has finished cycling 2-3 weeks ago and I already added my clean-up crew. I will start with polyps and some mushrooms for corals. I was thinking about getting an open brain further down the road. I have about 5w/gal from a coralife PC light.

1. Do I have the proper lighting? If not, how much do I need?

2. How long should I wait until I get one (assuming I can) ?

3. Do they require target feeding?

4. Any supplements?

5. Do I have to put it on the substrate, or will it survive higher up in the rocks.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 01-01-2005, 12:10 AM   #2
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1. Yes, should be fine
2. Another week or two would not hurt, you should be okay now though.
3. No
4. Being an LPS, it will require proper Ca/alk via kalk or a 2 part additive.
5. It is recommended you keep them on the substrate so they can fully expand. That is where they're happiest. HTH
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Old 01-01-2005, 04:36 AM   #3
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Great news!! Thanks for the reply. I'll wait another week (I hope ). I'll post some pics when I get it.
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I'd rather get torch, hammer, frogspawn, candy cane, acanathstrea, blastomoussa, because they will grow and you can frag them. An open brain and a plate (I have a new short tentacled one) on the other hand would not grow to be fragged, just sits on the sand and grows and eats, and expands
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Old 01-01-2005, 01:19 PM   #5
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You forget to mention it looks beautiful!
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