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Old 04-13-2013, 02:00 AM   #1
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Colorful soft corals???

Hi guys. So I am a freshwater guys who has graduated to my first saltwater tank today! I have a nano 14g with 20lbs of live sand, about 12lbs of Fiji live cured rock(looking to had a few more pounds of rock), and a 1" clownfish... anyway I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on soft corals, polyps, and/or mushrooms that would make a colorful addition to my tank.

And yes I am going to cycle before adding anything else to the tank.
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Old 04-13-2013, 02:23 AM   #2
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Dragons eye zoa and floridain recordia
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:04 AM   #3
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Chili coral, carnation coral (I think that's what they are called) What kind of lighting do you have?
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:05 AM   #4
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I would stay away from the chili and carnation coral if you are just starting out with salt, as they are non-photosynthetic. While they are stunning corals, they require a considerable amount of food which will lead to water quality issues rather quickly.

If this is your first salt tank, I would look into zoanthids and mushrooms. There are some amazing tanks out there , about the same size as yours, that have a variety of color morphs of zoas and and mushrooms of different varieties. I have to say that Ricordea Florida are one of my favorites, and pretty easy to care for.
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I would stay away from the chili and carnation coral if you are just starting out with salt, as they are non-photosynthetic. While they are stunning corals, they require a considerable amount of food which will lead to water quality issues rather quickly.
Sorry, I wasn't considering the experience level. But that is totally true about these corals. They do require a lot more work than others.

Zoanthids, palythoas and mushrooms do come in wide variety of color morphs and are easier and forgiving than most I would say since I keep a lot of them myself.
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Ricodea coral my fav

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This is a really bad picture of a couple of my favorites.

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The one up front is a green finger leather, it's pictures never show the green very well. The small one in the back is a green polyp toadstool. It's not too big yet but they get really cool.

http://www.aquacon.com/softcoral.html
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Ok guys thanks for the suggestions! Ill look into these. And my lighting is temporary 13watt PC lighting. But I will be upgrading to a EVO Quad clip LED light fixture. It's 60watt led (that too much for a 14g soft coral build?)
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