Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-06-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 1,744
Adding new soft corals

I'm planning on adding a few soft corals to my tank:-

pulsing xenia, capnella, and 2 sarcophytons (leathers).

I dont want to add too much more rock to my system (all I have now is quite a big piece of rock that was bought as baserock, not live). I just want to add 4 new smallish pieces of rock to fix the new corals to. This could be baserock or live...which would be best? I'm hoping baserock will be ok because of the cost!

Or, do the corals need more rock to go on?

I won't be feeding the corals phytoplankton or anything because I've been advised they dont need it, and I'm not going to use carbon if I can get away with it (although if I have to I will).

As long as I make sure the corals are at the correct height in the tank by choosing my pieces of rock carefully, am I ok with not putting liverock in and also putting small pieces in so the corals just fix on?

My tank is 35g, my current piece of rock is probably about 10kg, I have 2 maxijet powerheads and an eheim wet/dry canister filter. All levels are good. I've got an ocellaris clown, banggaii cardinal and royal gramma in already (as well as a fireshrimp and 11 blue/red-legged hermits), and my final fish is going to be a fireball/flameback angel (I'm taking the risk with the coral nipping).

Mark

PS. Can I also add a feather duster like the pictured one to my tank? Any issues or anything, and will it get by without being specifically fed?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	gallery_1692_3_112139.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	131.8 KB
ID:	1847  
__________________

__________________
MarkW19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2005, 06:01 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
Most corals you buy in the store (at least around here) already come attatched toa piece of LR or rubble rock. It is just a matter of placing it in the tank. If you go with the feather duster you will need to start feeding a food designed for filter feeders. DT's live plankton works well. I must caution you against the angel, more times then not they will make a snack out of your new corals. If it were me, I would skip it.
__________________

__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2005, 06:04 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 1,744
Yeah, the corals do come attached to a tiny piece of liverock.

Is it ok to just bury this in the sand then (assuming the corals I choose are ok placed at the bottom of the tank) and not fix it to another piece of rock?? Where will it grow onto though?

And I'm ok without using carbon or adding anything else to the tank for the corals (food/additives etc.)? I just plonk them down and go, the ones I've chosen?
__________________
MarkW19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2005, 06:08 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 1,744
Also, my LFS said this when I was talking about using baserock to attach the corals to instead of LR (which I guess applies even more if I'm not adding any new rock at all):-

"If you decide to opt for baserock decor instead of liverock, I don't feel that the tank will be able to sustain the corals we have talked about, certainly not when adding them all at the same time".

What do you think about this? The corals talked about were the ones I mentioned above.
__________________
MarkW19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2005, 07:02 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
lando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
Quote:
Is it ok to just bury this in the sand then (assuming the corals I choose are ok placed at the bottom of the tank) and not fix it to another piece of rock?? Where will it grow onto though?
that is fine. You can also wedge the rubble rock onto a crack on the LR. the cral will eventually grow onto the rockwork.
Quote:
"If you decide to opt for baserock decor instead of liverock, I don't feel that the tank will be able to sustain the corals we have talked about, certainly not when adding them all at the same time".
As long as all water parameters are good during the introduction of the corals you will be just fine. The water is wat matters to the corals, not the LR (although it help water quality) They will not add to your bioload. Overtime, your base rock will become LR.
__________________
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2005, 07:44 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 1,744
I'll just use the tiny piece of LR that the corals come on and bury it into the sand then, if that's ok.

Thanks for your help!
__________________
MarkW19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2005, 10:08 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 1,744
Would it help to get a couple of small pieces of LR as well? Or doesn't it really matter?
__________________
MarkW19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2005, 06:47 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 1,744
Is it ok to handle the corals carefully when placing them in my tank?
__________________
MarkW19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2005, 03:32 PM   #9
steve-s
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Soft corals will generally attach to about anything given enough time. Some materials much easrier than others but natural substances are the better choice. The ones you buy from the LFS will normally be adhered to something anyway.

As for handling them, best practice is to wear some type of glove or use a plastic bag as a barrier. In the grands scheme of things, soft corals are usually not bothered by bare skin contact as long as your hands are clean. The danger is usually to you. LPS and SPS should not be handled with bare hands though.

Cheers

Steve
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coral, corals, soft, soft corals

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
Soft corals not looking good... deanp88 Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 15 01-28-2010 12:51 AM
Feeding Soft Corals MarkW19 Nano Reefs 5 10-29-2007 04:56 PM
New Soft Corals packagerat New Acquisitions 4 01-07-2007 02:09 AM
Ok, soft corals, hard corals, What's the difference? Obmanta Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 10-10-2005 06:12 AM
Acclimating soft corals twkenny Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 01-29-2004 01:40 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.