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Old 03-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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Want to start adding coral to my setup.

I have had my tank up and running for about five months. Now i want to start adding some coral to my tank. What do i need to do so that my coral will thrive. New to the hobby and any advice is helpful.
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I have had my tank up and running for about five months. Now i want to start adding some coral to my tank. What do i need to do so that my coral will thrive. New to the hobby and any advice is helpful.
Well first things first, what kind of light do you have and what size tank? Lighting is EVERYTHING when it comes to corals.
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i just ordered two 120w dimmable led fixtures. They are 3 watt leds with a 1:1 blue:white ratio. My tank is a 55 gal
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i just ordered two 120w dimmable led fixtures. They are 3 watt leds with a 1:1 blue:white ratio. My tank is a 55 gal
Thats what I have and its enough light for any coral. I'd start with what I consider the basics which are frogspawn, torch or hammer coral. They're a good first coral as they are hardy and grow quick. With this type of coral you could run your leds at 50%. You could jump into sps coral with those lights but make sure you understand the relationship between Calcium, Alk & Magnesium and have test for each. SPS grow pretty fast and take a lot of those 3 things out of the water to create their skeletons. Any soft stuff like mushrooms or green star polyps will have to go at the bottom of your tank with those LEDs or you could burn them.

Thats just some stuff to consider. Basically though any coral that catches your eye you're set up for so talk to the salesperson at the store or if you see something quickly google it to make sure you konw what you're getting into...
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i just ordered two 120w dimmable led fixtures. They are 3 watt leds with a 1:1 blue:white ratio. My tank is a 55 gal
Awesome! Lights should be more than perfect. Other than lighting, just be on top of calcium, magnesium and kh and you'll be all set
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Do you have any pics if your tank
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Thank you all for the advice. I do have a reef test kit. is there a set parameter for calcium etc. Also i will have pics up soon.
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Calcium 380 to 450, alk 8-12 and mag 1280- 1460. Mag I'm not positive on those numbers but in that ball park.cal and alk are used more rapidly by doing your wc you will replenish these. When you get heavier on corals you will have to dose.sometimes you have growth spurts more is used up then but you have plenty of time to research. Check out randy Holmes calcium and alk for great advice.
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do you have a skimmer ?
what is your stock some fish eat coral
tell us a little about your tank
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I do have a skimmer. In my tank i have 2-fancy snow clownfish, 1-sailfin tang, 1-coral beauty, 2-blue green chromis, 2-peppermint shrimp Click image for larger version

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