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Old 09-24-2008, 03:06 PM   #1
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Question Good Reef Corals to start with?

What would be good reef corals to start with? In the next 4 months or so my tank should be established enough were I will want to start adding anemone's and other marine life to spice up my LR.... First off what should my parameters should be before i am able to put coral fags or anemone in my tank what SG range should it be at i heard 1.024 is great for them but not really sure if thats going to be to high..... let me know whats the best way to start off I want to get a head start so i am ready and know what to pick out when i am ready to purchase my first corals.... let me know...


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Mushrooms are absolutely the easiest for a beginner coral.
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i agree with chisel mushrooms are always one of the starter soft corals if you will, kinda like a damsel in a sense. Hardy pretty self sufficient. (still have to feed) It will get you in the right direction. Also saw the helmet, how bout them bucs huh?? Everybody wants to doubt them this year idk why.. Im not gona talk crap though that was an amazing game two amazing football teams and it was just a good show, the bucs just happen to win. But i congrats the Bears Defense just because its simply amazing!!
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It might be easier to suggest if you mention what kind of lighting you have.

I agree that mushrooms are good starters. Perhaps devil's hand or a nice long polyped leather. I only mention softies here 'cause I don't happpen to know what your lighting is.

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Oh not even enough lighting yet I only have a Sinlge stripe light 40watts coral life 10,000k High Intensity Bulb light for now... But but the time I get ready to get coral I should have my 436 watt lighting fixture by then.... Right now My coraline is growing like crazy for some odd reason with such super low lighting........ I thought I needed more lighting for it but once I replace my lighting it just starting growning more and more.... And right now I don't have a calcium test to even test my level I hope it not 2 high.....
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Also saw the helmet, how bout them bucs huh?? Everybody wants to doubt them this year idk why.. Im not gona talk crap though that was an amazing game two amazing football teams and it was just a good show, the bucs just happen to win. But i congrats the Bears Defense just because its simply amazing
Yeah all i got to say is we should be 3-0 right now Hands down.... But The bears are who we thought they were...... lol...
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Mushrooms, Yellow polyps, button polyps, finger leather, bubble coral. That should be a good start. If you need to see pics of them look in my gallery.
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Coralline will grow (and seems to thrive) in pretty low light. My best coralline growth is down low in my tank. The worst is high up in my tank.

Agree that it's tough to kill mushrooms. No need to feed them though - they'll get what they need from the water and lighting. Zoanthids, leathers, and many of the euphyllia species (torch, frogspawn, hammer) are also pretty easy to maintain corals. Sounds like once you get your new fixture, you'll be able to put anything in your tank.

Just be aware that anemones are not really "easy" corals and 4 months is still a pretty "new" tank for them. I know I'm probably just repeating what you've already heard a million times. Also be aware that anemones can and will roam your tank and if it's filled with corals you might lose some if the anemone decides it'd rather live where one of your coral lives.

Regarding water parameters, sg of 1.024-1.026 would be good as well as calcium above 380 and alkalinity between 8-12 dkH. Temperature should be stable and somewhere between 77 and 80. Nitrates below 10, but honestly they should be as close to zero as possible. Phosphates below 0.03, but again... they should be as close to zero as possible.
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Quick hijack here.. (but still on topic)

Are there any "must have" supplements/foods for these beginner corals? I know that some require phytoplankton.
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In my opinion, no. Euphyllia can benefit though from pieces of mysis shrimp or other meaty food.
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