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Old 11-04-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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What are some good "Starter" corals?

So I currently have a FOWLR that's in the process of recovering from a long power outage. Not planning on doing ANYTHING with it apart from the usual maintenance for a couple of weeks, at which point I'll start putting in just a couple of fish (3 out of the 4 fish I had didn't make it), and am going to want to start on some easy to care for corals.

Its a 75 bow, T5 lighting, and I'm looking for the following bits of advice:
1. What are some of the easiest corals to keep?
2. What do they need in terms of nutrition?
3. Is there anything that I need to add to the tank to prep it for this? I currently have a sump, a butt-ton of liverock, a skimmer, and the lighting...s'about it really. Only fish in the tank any longer is a hippo tang. ARound 15 snails, 10 hermits, and a scarlet cleaner shrimp, and 2 or 3 peppermint shrimps (I've definitely seen two, not sure if #3 suvived)

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Mushrooms are one of the easier corals to take care of,i started with a small frag of xenia now frag my own from the colony trade them to lfs.. Just keep doin your research,this reefin is so addicting & my wife is not to #}##~||~<<{{%impressed???

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You can add green star polyps, zoanthids, palythoas and kenya tree coral to the easy list. From there most of the soft corals and then the large polyp stony corals (LPS). Most corals don't really need to be fed if you do water changes and keep them with fish, but there are a lot of formulas out there for coral food. I feed mine maybe once a month with a coral food if I think about it.
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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Most softies from what ive learned get most of what they need from good lighting,i do dose dts phytoplankton a couple times a week. The only corals that i have and know that like meaty fare is the frogspawn,torch and duncan corals
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A big tank that size get a toadstool they grow fast and don't need a lot of attention to water except the SG.
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