Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 09-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1
20 Gal Vertical Hex Tank Looking For Coral

Hello All,

I am relatively new to the aquarium game. As you can see from the picture... hopefully its attached... I have a 20 Gal Hex tank so its more tall then wide. In the tank its got rock bottom, 15 pounds of live rock, and three regular rock hoping to turn live with a dead core (yeah I cheaped out for now).

Fish: Chromis x1, Domino Damsel x1 , x3 clowns (different species), 1 snail, and 3 hermit crabs. Tank is probably maxed out on livestock now. All get along great, nothing attacks anything else, all very active.

I was looking to add some quicker growing corals in there to complete the set up and give it a nice look. As I'm new to everything I had a few questions.

Do I plug in corals to the holes in the live rock?
If it spreads will the live rock still serve it's function?
What kinds are great looking, easy care, and spread quick?
As this is a smaller tank, any levels that get thrown off temporarily from a water change could cause damage to coral I'm assuming... Is there a coral that can handle very temporary water maybe temperature changes and salinity levels? I am very careful but I'm planning for all senarios.

Side note: This tank has been running for about a month now, little over. Only issues were a crab cutting fish in half... Have since got rid of the crab (took it back to store) and restocked. All water levels are optimal.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC00066.jpg
Views:	62
Size:	198.2 KB
ID:	50431  

Bemabc27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2011, 07:33 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
mr_X's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
you can put coral frags in the holes of the rock, glue it to the rock with crazy glue GEL, or use some sort of reef putty.
yes, the rock will still serve it's function if it has corals attached.
i would not suggest a fast growing coral for a 20 gallon tank, but zoanthids, palythoa, mushrooms, soft corals in general without calcium based skeletons grow the fastest.
the picture isn't working, but what lighting do you have over the tank? lighting is important for the photosynthetic creatures you are planning to add.
a hex style tank is a terrible tank for a reef due to the difficulty getting an even amount of flow throughout. if you add some beginner soft corals and find reef keeping as interesting and addictive as most of us do, you might want to start thinking about a different tank. a 30 or even 40 breeder style tank would be my choice. also, any of the bio cube tanks are also ideal for beginner reef keeping and usually come with sufficient lighting.
good luck.
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote

20 gallon, coral, coral beauty, coral care, hex, hex tank, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Happy got a new tank, dumb to realize my old tank is bigger than I thought mdawg75 Cichlid Discussion 4 08-16-2011 08:37 AM
Log for cycling my new tank. zparticle Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 146 07-13-2011 03:34 PM
Compatibility - Community tank & dwarf Cichlids Sturgcl1 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 07-06-2011 05:19 AM
upgrading tank? mollymama Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 3 06-26-2011 08:13 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.