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Old 07-09-2013, 09:52 PM   #31
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How do you acclimate coral? Do you just drop them in like fish or do you place them somewhere specific in the tank?
You can drip acclimate them. basically, you add tank water to a bucket that they are sitting in using some airline tubing so that it is a slow drip. That way the corals don't get shocked. Corals are VERY finicky.
If so, how do you make them stay in place? Or do they move themselves?
When you get a coral frag, it will be on a plug, and you can either glue or rubberband the coral to the rock until it grows onto the rock.
Does the size of your tank restrict the corals you can get? Do they outgrow tanks?
Yes! You do have to trim them occasionally, as they can get really big, and start hitting eachother.
Do they need to be fed?
I've heard of them stinging fish. Is this something I should be worried about?
Yes, a few corals will "sting" other corals, so you have to be careful.
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So many questions, let me see if I can answer them. lol SPS= Hard coral (small polyp) LPS= Large polyp Softies could be anywhere from a leather to zooa's.

I usually temp float the bag in the sump or tank then dip them, after the dip they can go in. Deoending on the coral will dictate where you place it. Mushrooms on the bottom say and SPS higher up your rock work. Most corals dont move, they stay where you put them unless a rogue hermit or snail moves them. lol Tank size doesnt actually dictate the coral but you wouldnt put a huge flowerpot coral in a small tank, they need room to stretch out and many corals have long tentacles that can and will sting other corals so you dont want them on top of one another.
keep a nice tank with good parmeters and light and the corals will get huge.
Most corals appreciate some food but in my experience its not a necessity as they get most of what they need from the light and when you feed the tank.
Can't say I've ever had a coral sting a fish but they do sting each other. I had a flowerpot frag fall face down on my palys and lost the flowerpot. :-(

Hope that all helps some.
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Thank you guys so much for all the info. What do you mean when you say you dip them?

Here is my main question at this point:
With dimmable 120w LEDs hanging over a 20gal high, how high above the water would they need to hang? And how much would I want to dim them?
What is the biggest tank that these lights could support?
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:23 PM   #34
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Two Little Fishies ReVive Coral Cleaner 16.8oz

Basically, the idea is to dip them in something like this to help acclimate them to your tank.

Those are some pretty good LED's! That is going to be REALLY powerful in your tank. I would say about 50-75% power? It all depends on your corals... Honestly, I would have no problem putting that on a 30g tank.

But I think Carey has used these in the past? She'll be able to give you more info.
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Probably less than 50% to start with. Lots of these in use now. Many of us have been growing hard corals with them for several years.
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Great. Thank you guys so much.
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How far above the water should they hang?
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Probably at least 10" above the water.
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Probably at least 10" above the water.
Oh jeez. Why so high?
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I did a search, and the only info I found on this was: "since they are not waterproof, they should be at least 10" off the top of the water". That does seem a bit high, but then again, there would be less salt creep to clean up. I think you should just start with them a few inches off the top of your tank. I think I saw that it was dimmable, so I don't see why it would be a problem.
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