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Old 11-18-2003, 12:06 PM   #1
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acropora?

acropora?

hi i am new to the marine hobby and have set-up a reef tank that has been running for the past 2 months. It is a 100 gal, and it has two overflow weirs going down to a sump that is about 60 litres. I have a deltec fuidised bed full of rowa-phos, a deltec apf600 skimmer nad a deltec hlp 4040 pump to return the water to the tank. I have in the sump a section that has caulerpa in it, and i use kent marine additives. In the tank there is around 70kg of live rock. In the tank there is a tunze stram pump that moves 7000 l/h. The tank has also got the arcadia series 3 250watt metal halide over the tank, it is a singla light and it has two actinics for a 100cm long tank.

It currently holds lots of soft corals, like mushrooms, ployps, leathers, clam, trumpet coral, and a coral that is like a anem but isnt as it is like a hard coral base (but i cant remember the number), and a plate coral.

the live stock is 2 common clowns, a regal tang, and a cleaner wrasse.

i will in the future look to add a yellow tang.

All the paramiters are fine: ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are 0. So are phosphate and iron are 0. the specific gravity is 1.023 and the ph 8.5 the temp 25. And the calcium is 440 and the kh 15.

I would like to get some acropora in the tank in the future, i know it is a stony coral, but i have had varying levels of difficulty told to me about them, as some retailers have said its okay to put in from the start as others have said wait years? What do you guys think about this? Is it hard to keep, and if you guys would suggest it what sort of time would you put it in your tank?

thanx in advance,
andrew
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From what i have heard, they just need a LOT of light. I think that is the main thing that would make them difficult.

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Old 11-18-2003, 12:14 PM   #3
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yeah i have got 250 watt metal halides over them, do you think this will be okay?
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Old 11-18-2003, 12:17 PM   #4
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Andrew,

Acroporas can be amongst the most difficult of sps. Usually a mature, stable tank (6+ months) is recommended. This is not a hard and fast rule, just a guideline.

If you want to try your hand at stony corals, Montipora would usually be the first suggested coral.

One other thought - the salinity in your tank (1.023) is a bit low. For corals and mobile inverts to thrive, I would slowly raise that to 1.025.

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Old 11-18-2003, 12:22 PM   #5
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yeah okay i will try and raise it a bit.
Why do people suggest leaving it 6 months as i would have thought that you couldnt get purer water then you do when you start the tank?
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