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Old 01-19-2006, 02:20 AM   #1
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What types of coral can i have, and can i get a annenome?

I got a 55 galon aquarium with a 48" outer orbit light with 2-150 watt HQI; 2-130 watt 6 luner lights berlin in sump skimmer and 2 clowns, 2 cardnals, and 2 purple fire fish, a gobie and a long fin fairy wrasse. with this combanation of fish and lighting what corals can i keep? And is it possible for me to keep a annenome with all this.
I got a ton of water movment powered by two 1200 maxi jetsand 2 600 ones as well.
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Old 01-19-2006, 02:24 AM   #2
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Sorry about this i got about 60 pounds live rock in three as well and about a 1-2 inch bed of sand.
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:38 AM   #3
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All your fish are reef compatible & the lights are fine for just about any coral & anemone. How long has your tank been running? What are your water parameters, mostly no3, po4, kh, ca, sg, & temp? Do you use ro or ro\di water? Do you have strainers or sponges on your powerheads? (The anemone can get caught up in them) Which anemone & corals in particular were you interested in?
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How are your phosphates? Are u using RO/DI water?

Pick up a book on corals. I like Eric Borneman's "Aquarium Corals". I'd suggest some picture and write-up cruising before setting your sights.

In the meantime, start with some easy ones... mushrooms, ricrodia, leathers, frogspawn. I'd also suggest wavemakers for your powerheads. Alternating flows seem to help corals quite a bit IMO.

Sounds like you've covered with enuf light for any kinda coral you want. Hard or soft. But do some reading of level of difficulty and placement, feeding, or etc before you leap.

Good luck and welcome to AA!!

Gonna hang around for a while as you decide and stock your coral?
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Old 01-19-2006, 07:50 PM   #5
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So what are good starter corals? I forgot to tell you in the posts above that i also got three hermits, and two emeraled crabs. Sorry! Might change some things. but right now would like to know what are good sand shifters to keep algea off the sand with. I would also like to hear some segjetions for a cleaner pack.
like i allready have two emerald crabs, thee hermits(only three i will ever have), one snail(don't know what type). Any other animals that will clean my aquarium are welcome segjestions.
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just curious do you have that light hanging from the ceiling or with legs?, i recently brought the same light but its to wide for my tank and also how did you hang it up?
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Okay here we go it was a little to wide for me as well. But i maneged it bye being creative with the legs. i got it mounted bye the legs by the way.
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That should be sufficiant light to keep a wide variety of corals. I would start with some easy ones like zoathids or leathers and go from there. LPS corals like trumpets, hammers and torch corals are also pretty hardy and easy to care for when provided with stable water conditions. I would hold off on any harder to keep animals (including anemones) for a few months.
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maybe a stupid question but how do you handle anemone anyway?, i understand they can sting you pretty badly
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Gently pick them up by cupping their base.
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