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Old 03-24-2005, 03:14 PM   #1
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good first corals??

What corals are good and hardy to be "firsts"?
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:46 PM   #2
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what kind of lighting do you have?

'shrooms and zoos usualy seem to be good first choices
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:19 PM   #3
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Frogspawn!!!
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I think that color burned my retina! 8O
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Old 03-24-2005, 07:40 PM   #5
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Sorry 'bout that.
I was trying to duplicate the colors on the ends of my Frogspawn; for I don't have a good pic of them.

IMHO they are a great and fun first coral!
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I have heard shrooms and zoos are good starting corals. I will let you know shortly since I just ordered some zoos, a toadstool shroom, and a candy cane all of which I will be receiving tomorrow from liveaquaria.
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I have heard shrooms and zoos are good starting corals. I will let you know shortly since I just ordered some zoos, a toadstool shroom, and a candy cane all of which I will be receiving tomorrow from liveaquaria.
Hey, I'm getting a delivery from liveaquaria tomorrow, too.

Good first corals also include Kenya trees and Xenia. Mine are doing well - Xenia is pumping after moving it around a few times to find out what light it liked.
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

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Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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some leathers are pretty hardy also check out the fingers they add a nice soft vertical look
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