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Old 03-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #1
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Stocking limits on fish, what about corals?

So of course stocking fish has its limits based on tank size, but what about corals? I don't have my fish yet, have been waiting patiently for my two black clowns to get in so I have been stocking corals.

I bought an anenome a few weeks ago and each week thereafter I have bought two corals for a total of 4. LOL

I test and have the store test before I make my purchase to make sure my water is still stable. So far no issues that a pwc couldn't fix. ( ro water now and no phosphates)

So bring me your knowledge, I'm quite hungry today.
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No fish in the tank yet? Done cycling? Are you adding a pinch of food for an ammonia source now and then? If there's nothing in there creating waste/ammonia, you should be.
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Yep a pinch of fish food here and there. The anem leaves behind a nasty little mess after feeding so I figured that was helping too.

I also have 10 hermits and 10 snails.
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The most basic rule to stocking corals is to give them plenty of room. Some might not have stingers like the galaxia coral but will expel slim that is like a poison to other corals. I have actually seen a ricordia try to get a mushroom, I thought it was the water current pushing it towards it and irritating the mushroom but when we turned to flow off it was still turning the mushroom. I would have never believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes. I noticed my ducans do better far away from any coral. SPS don't need as much room between them as most soft and LPS.
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I've set up my rocks so that everyone has a bunch of room. Some I wnat to expand and cover certain rocks. The anem hasn't moved spots since I got him so I guess he will be staying where he is, hopefully he should be a non issue.

So spacing out my purchases is also a good idea? I kinda figured it was like fish, add some let it shake out and if all is ok continue on.

I also have to admit I don't know which corals are which really.LPS, SPS stony...... I'm really, really trying though. I pester the poor people at the fish store and on here constantly.

Thanks for the input guys, waiting for people to wake up and get online! I want a nice large information pool on this one since my main thing is corals and not fish.
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What size is your tank
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It's only 29 so far. Looking to upgrade already lol
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Nope a standard 29 tank. Running 30" quad t5's total 96 watts. Have 48 lbs of LR and 31 of live sand. No fish yet as i said before. Trying to get a feel for how much i really can put in there coral wise.

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It is a good idea to keep a distance of ~6" between LPS and softcorals. They put out feeler (stinger) tentacles that can reach out and sting other corals.
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