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Old 01-22-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Question suggestions?

want to start adding coral sunday. what say you on first corals and what would be the appropriate ammount of coral to have in a 23 gal tank?

im getting a 75 gal tank this summer.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:01 PM   #2
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What lighting do you have?
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:06 AM   #3
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well, heres what the box says. one 65 watt true actinic 03 blue compact fluorescent lamp, one 65 watt 10,000K daylight compact fluorescent lamp, two 3/4 watt lunar blue-moon-glow LED lamps.

idk what all that means, but it came highly recommended....so...yah
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How long has your tank been up and running and how are your water parameters? Its not a good idea to add coral if its a fairly new tank. You have plenty of light for most coral though.
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i set it up christmas day. about a month i guess. what is considered, fairly new?

also, should i run the true actinic blue with the 10,000k daylight at the same time? it just looks alot better in there if i do, but will it eff anything up?
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Im no expert but when I started i was told to wait 3-4mo before adding coral. Its just about water stability. Corals are sensitive to changes in your water chemistry. The experts can explain it better than I can. I'm sure they'll be chiming in soon. I may be way off.
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oh yah. water parameters are all in check. i think ive been confusing alot of people by not having any nitrates......idk.
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its good to have them all in check but they need a little bit of time to adjust. so like when you get your first few fish (not too many at once)((1-2)) the parameters will swing up and down, but later on when you can add stuff without worring about that. thats stable parameters. if you add corals then add other stuff your parameters will swing the same way and it could kill the coral.
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Is it a Coralife light?...just curious You should be able to keep virtually any soft, lps, and some low-light sps. You can start off with mushrooms, green star polyps, favia, brain corals, zoanthids, etc. If you do the research then you can pretty much start with whatever coral you choose (I'd still check back here before purchasing if you are unsure). I would get a copy of Bornemans, 'Aquarium Corals' for beginning-intermediate coral enthusiasts.
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yah, its a coralife light. really, i just wanted some mushrooms and feather dusters. u think i could get away with that?
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