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Old 01-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Coral before fish

I'm considering placing coral in my 20 gal aquarium before I add fish. I'm cycled, and have a CUC already. Since coral shouldn't affect my bio, I thinking that by adding fish later may also reduce "new coral nibbling" tendencies for the livestock. Any thoughts?
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Is there even such a thing as an all reef (no fish) aquarium?
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Is there even such a thing as an all reef (no fish) aquarium?
Sure. Usually smaller tanks that cant hold fish
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Thank you for the reply Gboy. I appreciate it.
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Thank you for the reply Gboy. I appreciate it.
Ya, no problem.

About your coral idea, I choose to add corals after fish. That way, when you add them ypu know that your water quality is sufficiant enough to keep them alive.
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Ya, no problem.

About your coral idea, I choose to add corals after fish. That way, when you add them ypu know that your water quality is sufficiant enough to keep them alive.
I agree 100%. Some extremely hardy corals could be put in but adding fish first should be done to stabilize the bacteria so that you don't get mini cycles when adding fish and force your corals to go through that. And trust me corals dying is no fun...
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Hmmm good points. Thank you
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I added zoas a week or so before two clowns. Zoas are hardy but they co.e with a lot of negative hitch hikers if u ask me.
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Hitch hikers? Such as what so I can keep an eye out? Thank you
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So far I have got:

1 majano anemone
1 aiptasia
A bunch pc those worms with the two arms out of the top. Actually they are covered it them
1 Hugh peanut worm that pulls at zoas
2 two nudibranches (the zoa eating kind) and a a lot of their eggs.

This is all on one big colonly I bought growing on a dead brain coral so smaller frags are probably better than large colonies to buy in my opinion
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