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Old 07-28-2003, 03:48 PM   #1
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Coral Recommendations....

Hi guys (and gals),

I wanted some suggestions on possible coral choices for my 55gal tank. My set-up is currently a 55gal, 60lbs of Live rock, 4-5" of DSB, 1 Fluval 404 + 2 PH units, water flow is not an issue. I just purchased off of Ebay a 4X55 PC complete plug and play retrofit 2 10K and 2 Actinic ($119.00 Great Deal!) I have the following inhabitants:

1 Yellow Tang
1 Coral Beauty
1 Green Wrasse
1 Blue Chromis
1 Cleaner Shrimp
1 Emerald Crab

All tank level are normal, no problems at all....all healthy and happy fish.

Any suggestions? Since I am relatively new, heartier varieties would be preferred. Feeding and Care Requirements also would be appreciated


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Old 07-28-2003, 04:09 PM   #2
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I have a 55 and i started off with a Mushroom Anemone. Very hardy and hard to kill . Low light requirements, no special feedning needed, so care is easy. I have since gotten several other corals but my favorite is my Fox Coral, AKA Jasmine.

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Old 07-28-2003, 08:31 PM   #3
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You have plenty of light for almost all softies, mushrooms, polyps, and LPS. The only thing I would pass on is sps.

IMO, I'd start with a few nice colors of mushrooms - these are extremely hardy, and come in a variety of great colors (red, purple, blue, green, etc.). Zoanthids are nice too - also very hardy and come in an awesome variety of colors.

Some nice LPS are Bubble corals, or a Candy Cane or Trumpet Coral - maybe a nice red or green Open Brain.

As long as your ca/alk levels are good, and stable, you have plenty of light for any of the above-mentioned. There are many many more to choose from - these are just some of my favorites, and easiest to care for, off the top of my head.

If you're venturing into corals, definitely try to pick up a copy of Eric Borneman's book- "Aquarium Corals, Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History". I consider it the "coral bible" for the reefkeeper.

Good luck - & if you have questions on any specific coral, ask away!

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Old 07-29-2003, 08:34 AM   #4
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Thanks Reeflady!

That is exactly the information I was looking for, and thanks for taking the time to go into detail.
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