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redsea 07-28-2011 09:23 PM

My first coral: Devil's Hand
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So I just got my first coral! And I was wondering if it was normal for a coral to look bad when acclimating. Here is a pic. At the store I was told I needed to have my lights on for 10-12 hours a day, and he gave me this liquid food to feed it once a week. Any advice would be great because this is my first coral. Thanks!

Caseyboy 07-28-2011 09:26 PM

How many watts per gallon are you running (lighting)on your system?

redsea 07-28-2011 09:55 PM

Well I have 34 gallon redsea aquarium, but I am not exactly sure how many watts. at the store they said it would be ok because they know that lighting. Thanks for your help!

Gti_Leo 07-28-2011 10:13 PM

watts per gallon means nothign these days, specially not with MH T5s and LEDs in the picture

redsea 07-28-2011 10:21 PM

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Here is a pic in the light, been in tank for about 1 hour and a half.

Gti_Leo 07-28-2011 10:27 PM

oh it is normal for a coral to close up, they are adjusting to the differnt light, like when a human squints when goign from dark to bright. if it stays closed then there is a problem

Caseyboy 07-28-2011 11:00 PM

Should be fine it takes time for everything to settle in. I guess my watts in my sps reef tank do not mater to Much. I'm not sure why you would not want to if you have enough proper lighting in a reef tank. Sorry I did not specify t5, led, metal halide. Red sea stuff works very well your leather coral will often shed it's skin and will close up it's polyps. Also at night they do the same. Make sure you have a lot of flow. And aklinity is at an adequate level. I have 3 leather coral and they all had a sort time closed up at first.

redsea 07-29-2011 09:06 AM

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It made progress overnight !!!

hackteck 07-29-2011 09:53 AM

nice looks like its opening up

redsea 07-29-2011 09:55 AM

Yea I am so excited.

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