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Old 09-20-2004, 11:27 AM   #11
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Do I need actinic lighting, or will I be ok with what I've go for lower light demanding coralst?
Actinic is not a must have but it is a great way to view the way certain corals fluoresce. It is something you can look into later if you wish.

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So, any polys and any mushrooms, featherdusters, and any soft corals (there are a lot at liveaquaria.com)? Do I need to worry about compatibility between corals?
Soft corals can be quite noxious but as long as each has enough room apart from the next, you shouldn't have any concern. Aggressive skimming and carbon use will curb any problems.

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Do I need to place them on liverock or can they be placed straight on the sand?
Depends on the needs of the ooral as far as lighting and water flow. If both can be met by placing it on the substrate, then it would be fine. Just be sure the coral is attached to a solid base and the coral itself does not go below the sand surface.

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Is it the same food for all corals?
Not really. Many corals will capture foods of varying micron size. The types of foods also vary. With soft corals though, feeding is not truely necessary and can often lead to water fouling in the attampt to do so. I would honestly nix that idea and just possibley use a quality phytoplankton on a weekly basis.

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And I shouldn't have to add any extra trace elements to the water (iodine/strontium etc.), it'll all be taken care of in my salt?
Rely on the salt for most things, especially for a soft coral tank. Avoid the urge to add things unneccessarily and especially without testing first.

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And, what about waterchanges...If the corals go above the level of the water when you're emptying it out?!?
Again it would depend on the coral. Most should not be a problem as long as the time frame is short. Sponges and the like should not be placed where this would be possible but that is an addition you should avoid.

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Old 09-20-2004, 03:37 PM   #12
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Old 09-20-2004, 03:51 PM   #13
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Thats the book I told you about on the other forum

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I don't really want to upgrade my lighting, for money and heat reasons! So I'd like to stick with the lighting I've got. Will I be ok for most corals? Which corals can I not keep with my lighting (2 x 39w 36" T5's)? And I guess I'll have to get corals that don't need that much waterflow, given my set-up.

Is skimming and carbon a must steve? What will these do for the corals?

And, is it possible for any corals to harm fish/inverts or the water in the tank?
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I don't really want to upgrade my lighting, for money and heat reasons! So I'd like to stick with the lighting I've got. Will I be ok for most corals? Which corals can I not keep with my lighting (2 x 39w 36" T5's)? And I guess I'll have to get corals that don't need that much waterflow, given my set-up.
You'd pretty much need to stick with soft corals, dusters and other lower light types. Still a fair amount to choose from really. I would avoid most types of zoanthuds though.

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Is skimming and carbon a must steve? What will these do for the corals?
Neither is a must providing you are religious about your water changes or employ some other means of export. Soft corals are especially prone to chemical warfare. The water can become polluted with chemical toxins and nematocysts that are undetectable to us and will greatly affect the overall health of your corals. If possible, I would try running carbon at least weekly. It will help remove a great deal of the problem along with the water changes. Macro algae that might be used in a refugium set up will not really be of any help with chemical problems.

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And, is it possible for any corals to harm fish/inverts or the water in the tank?
Usually no but some fish (tangs and angels) do nibble corals and some are quite noxious and can lead to death. The chances of a typical coral causing you a fish or mobile invert related death is quite slim.

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So, the chemical toxins and nematocysts are just harmful to the corals and not the fish/mobile inverts and water quality in general?
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Unless the problem builds up for a time, no it should be a problem for the fish at least. Be sure that is not your only consideration though. If left unchecked, your corals could die "enmass".

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Creating an ammonia spike?
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Creating an ammonia spike?
If the corals die definately. The chemicals they give off won't cause any detectable water quality issues. Your only clue will be corals withering, not fully extending and in some cases being affected by brown jelly disease which is not pretty.

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