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Old 02-05-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Wall of coral?

I was wondering how I could make the back wall of my tank covered in coral. How would you do it? Would it need to be textured? Just a thought.
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Really depends on what kinds of coral you want on the back. Some, like Star Polyps, if placed against the back wall, will slowly creep up it anyway. One of the LFS here has a tank so encrusted with coralline algae that several types of soft coral have grown up onto it.
You could also use one of the 3D tank backgrounds to provide anchor point for corals and just let them spread.
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So Gsp doesnt need any texture? I dont want to add a textured background if I don't have to. I just can't get the back clean because of my hob skimmer so something to cover it up would be nice.
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Any encrusting gorgonian, xenia or waving hand will grow on the glass. It doesn't have to be textured either another thing you can do is use magnetic frag plugs to get them started eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices
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GSP is kind of unique among the polyps because it's an encrusting soft coral. It encrusts a surface with that purple stuff, and the individual polyps grow from that.
I can't say for sure how far up they can grow before they might start falling off, but I would guess they can encrust up at least 6 or 8 inches.
Another thing to consider would be small shelves on which to place soft corals.
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Forgot about the Xenias! Good call Joy. Never heard of encrusting Gorgonians, though. I must go check them out!
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GSP is an encrusting Gorgonian. It will cover the entire back glass and not fall off if you let it.
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This is why one should google "encrusting gorgonian" before saying he or she has never heard of it and will go google it.
*feels silly*
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Lol I wouldn't have know either. Thanks everyone! I have read that I will regret ever putting Gsp in my tank.. Should I be cautious? I might do zoas on the back. Some nice hornets and eagle eyes would be cool.
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What's wrong with GSP?
There are some AWESOME color varieties in zoas these days.
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