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Old 01-21-2013, 03:30 PM   #81
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Honestly, if your nitrates are high I'd add a pumping Xenia as a first coral. Unlike many corals they'll actually help to lower nitrates a little as they grow. They almost work like a plant in that way. Some people even setup Xenia scrubbers that function in the same way as algae turf scrubbers. They spread really fast so if you can't sell or trade them you just throw them out and watch more grow at the stump.

Other than that it depends on what type of tank you're gunning for. I prefer soft and LPS tanks as they're far easier to manage as far as dosing and water quality goes. You can add a Kenya tree, some green toadstool leathers, zoas, palays, mushrooms, trumpets, frogspawn, torches, etc...

My brother just got in a package deal of mixed soft and LPSs on Saturday that he ordered online. He got 12 corals total and they all came in looking beautiful. That's an option if your LFS prices their livestock as ridiculously high as the ones around here.
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Honestly, if your nitrates are high I'd add a pumping Xenia as a first coral. Unlike many corals they'll actually help to lower nitrates a little as they grow. They almost work like a plant in that way. Some people even setup Xenia scrubbers that function in the same way as algae turf scrubbers. They spread really fast so if you can't sell or trade them you just throw them out and watch more grow at the stump.

Other than that it depends on what type of tank you're gunning for. I prefer soft and LPS tanks as they're far easier to manage as far as dosing and water quality goes. You can add a Kenya tree, some green toadstool leathers, zoas, palays, mushrooms, trumpets, frogspawn, torches, etc...

My brother just got in a package deal of mixed soft and LPSs on Saturday that he ordered online. He got 12 corals total and they all came in looking beautiful. That's an option if your LFS prices their livestock as ridiculously high as the ones around here.
Well, they're not too high, but not where'd want them to be for corals. Ultimately I want below 5 eventually. But will Xenia take 10-20 ppm of nitrates? Seems like a really cool first choice

Yes, definitely soft corals, they're easier and my lighting is probably decent for a lot of them.

Sweet, where did he order from? Yeah, corals are kinda pricey around here too, fish aren't too bad though
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They work best to keep low nitrates low. I'd still recommend water changes and very light feeding as the best option to deal with nitrates. Any coral will have an adjustment period at the beginning. Starting with low nitrates will be key.

He got them from Aquasd. They have a nice selection of softies.
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They work best to keep low nitrates low. I'd still recommend water changes and very light feeding as the best option to deal with nitrates. Any coral will have an adjustment period at the beginning. Starting with low nitrates will be key.

He got them from Aquasd. They have a nice selection of softies.
Yeah, I'll try to get them as low as possible first

I'll have to check them out! Thanks
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Here it is, kinda blurry, I did HD and it was crystal clear when I watched it before I uploaded, but you get the idea
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Looks good!! Nice work
Thanks I can't wait for the rock to get some color

Does anyone have any experience with cherub angels at a?

And will changing like 90% of the filter floss mess up the cycle?
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Not if you have plenty of rock. Remember, the rock and sand is where you want the bacteria to live. Many people don't even use filter floss at all.
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Not if you have plenty of rock. Remember, the rock and sand is where you want the bacteria to live. Many people don't even use filter floss at all.
Yeah, I have about 21 lbs of rock, and 35 lbs of sand, I just wanted the floss to catch some of the crap and polish the water. I should change it weekly though because I bet it contributes a lot to the nitrates

Would it be too soon to add the royal gramma tomorrow? And then chill with new additions for a while. The store only has one left, on sale
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how did i miss this thread?

The tank looks great man!
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how did i miss this thread?

The tank looks great man!
Lol thanks!!
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