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Old 08-20-2005, 07:46 PM   #1
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which corals????

My tank is a 50gal. It is 20" tall and I have a power compact fixture that has two bulbs. One is a 10k and the other is actinic. Each is 65 watts. What types of corals will I be able to keep.

The most frustrating thing to me about this, is that the tank is 18" wide, which I think is GREAT, one of the reasons I bought this tank, but.......the light towards the front of the tank is still some what bright, but not nearly as intense as it is towrds the middle / back right below the light.

I would like to have zoos. Where should I put them height wise in the tank? Does it matter?

Tips on that as well as what corals I can keep would be great.

Thanks for reading, and the tips!!!!!!

-50gal tank
-20gal tall sump / refugium.
-About 15-20 lbs of live rock
-60 lbs (3") of sand.
-2x65w power compact lights
-2x18w power compact in the refug.
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-fire fish
-12 or so hermits
-50-60 nassairus snails
-about 12 turno snails
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Old 08-21-2005, 09:23 AM   #2
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That is pretty much on the low end for almost any coral. You an try some mushrooms and zoos, stay away form anything super-colored. If you want more color, look into the orange cup coral. They do not require light as they are ot photosynthetic. They do, howver, require taget feedings of a meaty food two or three times per week.

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I ran my 120 on 4x65 (2wpg) for about 5 months before upgrading to halides. Had perfectly happy frogspawn, candy canes, orange caps, a green cap, sun coral, shrooms, zoos, kenya, xenia... with them. I kept everything up high on a ridge right under the light (top 8 inches of the tank) and everything did realy well.

If you start with aquacultured frags you'll quickly get a feel for what can be kept. Stick to greens, browns, oranges... steer clear of blues, purples, yellows...

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