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Old 08-15-2017, 11:12 PM   #1
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Beginner coral suggestions?

Hello! I'm going to be getting a reef tank in a year or so and have looked into a few verities of different corals to include. The tank will be somewhere between 40 gl to 55 gl and the company my husband works for which set up and maintain salt and fresh water tanks ranging from a 20 gl to a 700 gl are going to help me choose and get the equipment, but I wanted to get existing reef owners input on what type of coral would be good for a beginner. So far I'm loving the brain corals, button polyps, mushroom coral, and green star polyps. I'm extremely open to suggestion and ideas of what else I can add. Thanks for listening!
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Zoas!! So many colors! And you can form a little zoa garden, also Duncans. Mine grow better than my Gsp and will be such a center piece in a year
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Those sound cool! I'll keep them in mind
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Avoid star polyps. They are so good at growing they become invasive.
Though I do enjoy my zoas and duncans, it is hard to not enjoy scoly and chalice as well.
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Mad Hatter's Reef has a recent video on beginner corals:

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That guys list is whack...yes a lot of those sps are beginner in a way busy still require a lot of light and flow.

Chalices can be pains depending on the kind you get...
I don't even see Duncan's on his list which imo is the best beginner coral.
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The corals you like are great beginner corals
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The corals you like are great beginner corals


Not quite, corals are a very diverse group. Usually they get broke down into three broad sections (softies, large polyp stony, and small polyp stony). All corals require certain needs to be met, with the needs of SPS to be the most challenging
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Not quite, corals are a very diverse group. Usually they get broke down into three broad sections (softies, large polyp stony, and small polyp stony). All corals require certain needs to be met, with the needs of SPS to be the most challenging


So should I figure out the lighting and water flow rate I'll have in the tank first then pick out beginner corals that are compatible with that specific setup?
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So should I figure out the lighting and water flow rate I'll have in the tank first then pick out beginner corals that are compatible with that specific setup?


Oh yeah, you also want your tank set up for at at least a few months before you start adding corals too. Don't want to dropped a lot of money at the star only for a swing to take them out
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