Originally Posted by Canela
I have T5 HO
: 48" 120v. Lamp #1 10,000 and Lamp #2 Actinic HO
55 gallon tank
2 frag corals: golden polyps (I think!) and stony corals (very slow growing) I had another but aiptasia killed them
because the were so cute!
I plan to get just a few more coral and then live rock. I want to learn to maintain this tank properly and then a much bigger tank.
Ok forgive me if I have misunderstood but it sounds like you've added coral before the live rock? That's pretty much backwards from conventional thought. The reason is your Live Rock
is a LARGE portion of your biological filtration system and you want that in place, established, and MATURE before you introduce coral to the system. Coral need the most stable environment you can provide and I can assure you that adding Live Rock to a system is not the most stable process. It CAN be done but it's not really something I would try.
Your lights are on the low side for coral as least from my prospective... I like to see a 4 bulb set-up on a 55g to call it low/medium light and either a high end 4-bulb set up (high end ballasts and high end individual reflectors
) or more bulbs to consider it medium light.
Give it some thought and I'd like to hear more about your set-up.