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Old 11-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #1
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Have 65g hex, water column is 2'3". I have 4 truelumen pro LED coral lights, 3 12k & 1 actinic blue. LFS sold me his favorite mineral & element additives. I put in 1 mushroom frag & 1 zoa frag. Wana add more tho. My parameter on everything have read perfect for last 2 months. Anyone have suggestions on coral, element additive products or feeding products?
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Old 11-21-2011, 06:56 PM   #2
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To be honest i don't add any elements or food for my corals.

If you do your water changes you will be replenishing the trace elements that are consumed.

have you considered any LPS corals like duncans or candycanes? Those are some good starters and really pretty
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I'm new to all of this but I've been using Kent Marine Nano Reef. I have a 36 gallon tank and it has kept my water perfect and have no problems with my coral.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #4
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Usually you don't have to dose anything unless you have a ton, and I mean a ton of coral that deplete the trace elements faster than your water changes can replenish. But if you are happy using what you are then that's cool too.
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Have 65g hex, water column is 2'3". I have 4 truelumen pro LED coral lights, 3 12k & 1 actinic blue. LFS sold me his favorite mineral & element additives. I put in 1 mushroom frag & 1 zoa frag. Wana add more tho. My parameter on everything have read perfect for last 2 months. Anyone have suggestions on coral, element additive products or feeding products?
Nice corals! I like the candycane idea too.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:29 PM   #6
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Its 65g & I do 10-15g water change every 2 weeks. I want to try & go as natural as possible but also want a lot of corals. Haven't added the product yet. gona look into the candy cane. Where I'm at I'm limited to just 2 LFS's w/ relatively small selection. How the success rate of online purchases? Any reliable sites?
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:31 PM   #7
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My LFS owner looked at me like I was crazy when I suggested no additives just frequent water changes.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:19 AM   #8
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My LFS owner looked at me like I was crazy when I suggested no additives just frequent water changes.
That's because he's selling you the additives lol. Carey is right, water changes are all your corals need. I've never added anything to my tank.
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Any suggestions for a good looking coral that can host a willing clown?
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:42 AM   #10
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really like what I'm finding & seeing on Duncan Coral...thx Carey, now does any1 no a good place to order from?
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Clowns don't need to and aren't guarenteed to host anything. I've actually heard a number of stories of clowns hosting corals and killing or almost killing it. People who have hosting clowns also say they are less active in the tank, only staying near whatever it is they're hosting. If its something you want to try I've heard of them hosting frogspawn, torch, shrooms, hammers, toadstools, nems obviously, ect.
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Wish I could have a nem but I kno I'm not ready, mayB in a year.
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Yea nems need an established tank and strong lighting. Best to wait on them.
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Anything flowy, like a torch or duncan might, just might attract your clowns. But be warned they can host a coral to death, mine almost killed mu elegance coral from too much "hosting"

As far as ordering online, check out Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums and reefs2go.com. Good selection and good service.
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I also recommend saltwaterfish.com for inverts. I'm still undecided on fish from them but I can recommend Live Aquaria for fish.

And I'm with Carey on clowns hosting corals. Until I got a LT for my fire clown, he wanted to host my bubble coral which seems to irritate the coral. I actually once had one try to host a clam which was REALLY bad for the clam.
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Yeah, 1 of the LFS's near me have a clown in a Huge clam. Gonna check the sights 2night & mayB make a few orders
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Do the actinic blue lights do anything for coral growth or r they for show? Can I run them 24hrs or should I get the moon bulbs I hear about?
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The actinics definatly help the corals grow. People run their lights for different amounts of time. If your fixture allows I would turn the blues on for an hour, then run blue and white together for 10ish hours or so, then just blues again for an hour. The led moonlights do nothing and aren't needed by the fish or corals. They are for your viewing pleasure when the lights go out.
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Thx, I'll give that time cycle a try
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Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Thx for all the advice AA
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