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Old 08-31-2015, 06:47 PM   #1
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Best coral for beginners?

Was hoping to get some advice on hardy coral that are a little more forgiving of beginner's mistakes than most. Also, is it best to get small frags from lfs or buy online? (note: one lfs told me my newly cycled 55 gal would be great for a yellow tang and the other lfs in my area was selling live rock where 50% of the live rock was piled over the water level).
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:53 PM   #2
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Softies. Kenya trees, green star polyps, and Leathers are pretty easy.


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Don't forget shrooms (ricordea are my personal favs) and Zoas. They come in all the colors you can imagine


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Duncan's IMO are great for beginners too. And you can feed them meatier food


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Best coral for beginners?

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Duncan's IMO are great for beginners too. And you can feed them meatier food


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How could I forget Duncan's , some other easy lps would be acans, blastos, and euphillia (frogspawn, hammers, and torches)


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A good place to start check out live aquara
Beginner Corals: Corals Suitable for Beginners in Saltwater Aquariums
this should help give you a idea of whats available
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:31 PM   #7
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Another question. Assuming conditions are good, how quickly do these coral grow? There is a considerable difference in price between the small/medium/large sizes of coral. Am I better off getting a small size and letting it grow? or are the smaller ones less likely to survive? I and leaning towards the duncans and/or "frogspawn". Liveaquaria also has a "lavender mushroom" (Rhodactis sp) that looks pretty awesome. Doesn't look like what I picture mushroom coral to be (ie round and mushroomee).
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Most of them grow at a decent rate and some grow slower it depends
leathers grow fairly fast along with a lot of LPS torch frog spawn ect , mushrooms once they settle in grow fast zoa's / palys can grow fast it all depends on lighting and if there fed well
the reason they sell different sizes some have super big tanks and the small frags get lost
bigger corals stand out nicer
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And as always, make sure you like what you are putting in. I've put some 'hey cool everyone has one of those' into my tank and they grow like weeds. This is true for almost every polyp coral out there. So make sure you like it before you have a forest of them.
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So, in my Aquacon cart I have: tank raised green polyp leather coral, Ricordea Florida Lavender, and purple tip green frogspawn. Any mistakes being made here? (including vendor?)

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