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Old 02-26-2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Starting a reef

Hello all. A few months ago I came across a wonderful deal on Craigslist for a 125 gallon tank and stand. I set it up and got it cycled. I am looking to start adding coral but just don't know where to start. I have:
- 3 dimmable led lights
- bubble magus 180 ex protein
skimmer
- eshopps 200cs sump with a mag
12 return
- 2p25 and Wp40 (around 6000gph)
-Tunze ato

My basic tesrs are all fine
-0 ammonia
-0 nitrite
-less than 5ppm nitrate
-1.024 salinity

I plan on ordering more Salifert test kits. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Which LED lights? The Chinese Tao panels?
Are fish in the tank yet?
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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The Chinese yes. Yes I have a kole tang, atlantic tang and two false percula clownfish.
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What corals do you like? I would start with soft corals and some lps, but make sure they are corals you really like, because soft corals do tend to grow fast, and some times take over.
Just don't make the mistake that many of us do in the beginning and put anything in the tank just to have something to look at. No brown corals!
You'll need calcium, alk, and mag test kits eventually..once you fill your tank up.
I assume for now you'll just be doing weekly water changes to replace trace elements?
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Yes. Weekly water changes. Would never put anything without color in my tank. I really like some of the zoas they have out there. But I would love a nice hammer coral. There is so much to learn it's almost overwhelming.
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Yeah, zoas are generally easy to keep. Hammers can be as well.
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Zoas and palys make great starter corals. Also check out ricordea , my favorite softies. Hammers and frogspawns are pretty easy and can tolerate a wide range of flows and lighting ( torches can be a little more picky IME)
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Sweet. I'm too excited. Any corals to completely avoid?
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:17 AM   #9
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Stay away from sps until your system stabilizes and personally I will never add Xenia to my tanks it took over my first tank. Also no anemones for 9-12 months
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I do not want anemones at all.
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