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Old 08-13-2004, 11:38 AM   #1
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when can I start trying corals?

I'd like some opinions.

My 40gallon tank is a month old today (since I added the first fish that is).

I have no ammonia, no nitrite, my nitrates haven't exceeded 10ppm.
phosphate .5ppm
calcium 350ppm
Alk: 3.0 meq/l
pH: 8.2 when I'm measuring early in the evening.


I'd love to get some shrooms and see what happens. I realize my phosphate should be 0ppm...I think I'm simply over feeding a bit, so I've been tryign to watch that better.

What do you think? Is it a bad idea to try any coral until I get my phosphate to 0ppm, and up the alk and calcium a smidge?
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Old 08-13-2004, 12:08 PM   #2
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I have read on here that the time frame should be about a year...however I dont know if this is for ALL corals or specifics...I would think 4-6 months for sure on the shrooms.
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Old 08-13-2004, 12:26 PM   #3
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hmmm...I was only told to wait that long before adding an anenome. I got the impression that the soft 'easy' corals were considerably easier to keep and propagate.
guess I'll wait for others to chime in.
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Old 08-13-2004, 12:46 PM   #4
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I had coral in my tank after about 4 months. As soon as all of my levels stablized I started to adding easy corals. Sofites and some LPS(favia) and such. But I know people that add coral a lot sooner without any problems. The only this that I lost in my tank was a Digitata that I know over behind a rock. Now I have about 35 corals in my tank. But just chose your corals well. I went nuts and just bought corals eventhough they weren't the nicest. Now I have way too many big corals in my tank. and way too many LPS (LT plate,Frogspawn,hammer,candy cane,bubble) I am always move over corals out of the way so they don't get stung.


but you need to get that calcium up.
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Don't know much about corals (FO guy). But that PO4 may give you some algae troubles. Need to get that down too.
oops sorry, reread the post. I see your addressing it.
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Yep I am having some mild algae issues, directly related to the PO4 levels. I may pickup some phos-absorbing media to get rid of the excess, and then see if I can maintain a near 0.0ppm reading between water changes.
but at least my turbo's have something to snack on.
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I think it's probably a good idea to get those levels under control first, but after that I don't see why you couldn't have a go with a couple nice hardy starter corals.
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I started putting coral in after 3 weeks

Everything is still doing great 6 months later
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I added a few mushroom rocks, Ricordias, and various other softcorals in a 12gal Nano over a two week period, immediately following the initial cycle and all are well 1 yr later. Just stay away from the anemones and a few of the hard corals and you should be fine.
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