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Old 09-18-2004, 08:31 PM   #1
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First corals...

My tank is now 6 months old, and I'd like to try some easy-to-keep corals/feather dusters/sponges etc. etc.

Some hardy ones, that don't require much up-keep.

I have 2 x 34" 39W T5 Marine White bulbs. Would I need any more light than this to keep corals?

Do I have to target feed them?

What about circulation - a lot or not much? Or does it depend on the coral?

Suggestions for an attractive, easy-to-keep coral or two?

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Old 09-18-2004, 08:51 PM   #2
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get some polyps! they are easy enough.

you don't have to target feed. just use liquid invert food and make sure the circulation is good.
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Old 09-18-2004, 08:53 PM   #3
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I have 4 of those same tubes, I think you would be fine with just 2 as long as you stay away from the more demanding species. Something like Alcyonium would thrive in the lower light. I think they call it pussey coral in the shops (Oasis has a ton of it).

Yellow polyps or mushrooms would be good choices too.. both incredibly hardy.

You wouldn't really be able to appreciate some of the other species (such as green star polyps) without actinic lighting. They don't look nearly as nice when they aren't fluorescing.

How much flow do you have?
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I've got 2 Maxijet Powerheads - 600lph.

What about feather dusters and sponges?

Can the corals go on the sand...or do they have to have some live rock to stick to in my tank?
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Just looking at liveaquaria.com for corals...

Can I get any of the mushrooms and polyps that are "easy" to keep, or can only certain ones be kept together?

Can they harm the water quality or fish/inverts at all (stinging, etc.)?

It says they require iodine - I assume this is present in my synthetic saltmix, but should I be testing for it and dose if required? I think you said before Atari that it's very easy to OD with iodine.

Would I really need to dose iodine? Is there an iodine testkit out there that actually works? :P
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mushrooms are hardy. but they are not as interesting. star polyps are fascinating if the flow is good and the light is actinic.
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I would start with shrooms. most iodine requirements are met thru regular water changes.
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If you doubled your lighting amount you'd be able to keep a wider variety but with what you have I'd stick with lower light demanding species. Softies are going to be your main choice of which many should do well. The dusters will be fine and do not really need feeding although some phytoplankton a few times a month wouldn't hurt and it will also bolster your pod population indirectly feeding some coral types. I would avoid the sponges though. Most are quite difficult to keep long term and only a few actually survive past the first month. There are far too many mishaps that occur during collection, transport and at the LFS causing tissue clogging (from air expossure) resulting in necrosis. Our systems are also much too "sterile" for them to feed properly.

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Do I need actinic lighting, or will I be ok with what I've go for lower light demanding coralst?

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?

Do I need to place them on liverock or can they be placed straight on the sand?

Is it the same food for all corals?

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?
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And, what about waterchanges...If the corals go above the level of the water when you're emptying it out?!?
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