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Old 01-02-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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What is the best coral to start with....

I have just recently starting a 45 gallon salt water tank with live rocks, live sand and some starter fish to get the tank conditions. I am hoping in the next few weeks to start adding coral. What is the best coral to start with? I don't want anything too difficult as this is my first salt water tank. All my test are good and the water is ready for me to add more fish plus coral. I want to give it time before adding coral as for now it's just the fish and bottom feeders.
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Just get some zoas they are easy to keep alive
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Anything else you would recommend? I would like to have more than just zoas. Thx
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Mushrooms, xenia, palythoas, trumpet coral, green star polyps...all of those are easy
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Mushrooms, xenia, palythoas, trumpet coral, green star polyps...all of those are easy
Great. Thx.
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I have just recently starting a 45 gallon salt water tank with live rocks, live sand and some starter fish to get the tank conditions. I am hoping in the next few weeks to start adding coral. What is the best coral to start with? I don't want anything too difficult as this is my first salt water tank. All my test are good and the water is ready for me to add more fish plus coral. I want to give it time before adding coral as for now it's just the fish and bottom feeders.
What kind of lights do you have? This dictates which kind of coral if any you can have.
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The lighting is a 178 watt metal halid light. I was told this is what I need for coral. Is this OK? I should be getting it soon.
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For the size tank you have that's on the lower end so I would only shop for softies and low-medium light lps.
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For the size tank you have that's on the lower end so I would only shop for softies and low-medium light lps.
What do you mean by low medium light lps and softies?
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:05 AM   #10
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This is the lighting system I ordered:

1x Odyssea 150W DE HQI Bulb 15000K

2x Odyssea 14W T5 High Output Bulb Actinic Blue

2x Dual Bluemoon LED

This is combined in one lighting system which produces 178 watts.

Would this lighting system be good for coral?
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