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Old 09-09-2010, 11:36 PM   #1
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I will be getting four starter corals from swfish.com tomorrow. These are my first corals and I just wondered how they get along with anemones? Mine have not moved much since I bought them. Should I place them as far away from each other as possible? Do you have to attach the corals somehow or just sit them down on a rock? Close to my t5 light probably? Does a calcium supplement cause algae to grow more? Seeing a little hair looking white stuff now. My tank is one year old almost. What are good parameters for corals?
Enough questions, right?
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What kind of corals are you getting?

You do not need to add calcium to your system.
Depending on the corals you get you may need to attach them to the rock either with an epoxy or superglue gel. again depending on the corals
Anemones and corals don't mix well but that's only if they touch. The anemone is going to win every time. If your anemone has stayed put I would say you will be fine placing your corals.

PH 8.1-8.3
Alk 9
Calcium 400-450
Mag 1200ish
Nitrates - 20 or less Less is always better here
Good flow and good lighting are also key
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Leather toadstools
Colt coral
Chili coral
Green ricordea
My ph is 8.4ish,possibly higher. calcium not at 400
Salinity 25
Temp 77.8most the time
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The Chili Coral is a non-photosynthetic soft coral. While hardy and relatively easy to care for, the Chili Coral has very specific needs that require proper attention for it to thrive. An established reef aquarium aquascaped with ample live rock overhangs and ledges provides an ideal environment. The Chili Coral requires low lighting levels combined with medium to strong indirect water movement. Place the Chili Coral underneath live rock overhangs and out of direct bright light to prevent damaging stress. The Chili Coral will not usually fully open in direct water current. Water flow provided by a powerhead or wavemaker directed at the glass or nearby rock is ideal. Though peaceful, the Chili Coral (and other soft corals) should be given ample space between neighboring corals or anemones to accommodate for growth and potential coral aggression.
Similar to other non-photosynthetic soft corals the Chili Coral obtains nutrients through active filter feeding. The Chili Coral does not contain symbiotic algae to rely on for food. Therefore, the diet of the Chili Coral must include live or frozen rotifers, baby brine shrimp, prawn eggs, and micro-plankton or foods designed for filter feeding invertebrates. For continued good health, supplement with strontium, iodine, and trace elements.
You may have already done your research on this but just make sure you are ready to keep a non-photosynthetic coral fed.

your PH is and calcium are fine at those levels. You don't need a ton of calcium since you don't have any hard corals. As long as the PH is stable it being a little high will not effect anything.
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Here are pics of them this morning. Looking a little droopy. Is that
a sign of impending death? Is the chili in too much light T5HO and how
long do I need to leave that on? I thought the leather toad would have
tentacles or something, is it supposed to be smooth? The tank has a
background. All the new ones are far front on the rock that isn't live.
Are they placed good? I'm really worried about the colt. My water is
ok, except nitrates are almost 20. I am testing little or no ammonia.
Weird. May be the tests. API and Tetra both are not showing ammonia.
I'm trying this weekend to lower that. Use Salifert to test Nitrates
I hope they'll be okay.
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The toadstool will go through phases where it sloths or slimes and when that is going on the polyps will all be retracted. give it a few days and it will get happy again. Since it is stretching towards the light I say it is doing ok. The other coral is in the same boat. Not happy yet but give it a few days, shipping can be rough on a coral.

I would run the lights 8-10 hours per day. A timer is a good thing to have
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they look nice.
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The coral seem to be coming around a bit tonite, especially
the colt. The chili coral is not blooming like it did last nite.
I notice my pygmy angel nipping at it, will that kill chili?
I can't wait to see the toad open back up! Thanks for the
info! Wish me luck!
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I notice my pygmy angel nipping at it, will that kill chili?
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Yup.

Dwarf angels and corals normally don't mix well. The angel will win every time.
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Just curious, how can u tell when a gorgonian is dead? Mine is shedding some and I wondered how u know when they r dead?
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