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Postby man-alive » 2007-04-25 18:06

I want to begin a saltwater tank, I have been reading books and website pages on it for about one and a half years. I have a pretty general idea about where to go from the start, but one thing that I would like to know about is the corals. I want color and size but I don't want to start out with something thats extremely hard to take care of. I would like to start out from easy to medium care corals, no fish will be in the tank to start out with so my time could be put just on the corals. Should get hard or soft corals to start out with? And which ones will bring color and moderate size without to much diffuculty?
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Postby atnixon » 2007-04-25 20:08

Hello there Man-Alive...Welcome...

Some really good beginner corals are ones like mushrooms, leather fingers, star or green polyps, zoanthids and button ployps...You can get these in a wide variety of colours..some of the zoa'a look stunning when you run actinic lighting along with the main lighting in the tank...

When keeping corals, i know a lot of people like to dose their tanks with trace elements like Iodine, Strontium, magnesium or iron. How-ever, my opinion is that all trace elements that are needed in the marine tank get replenished when you carry out water changes. The only additional ones i have not mentioned is calcium. The more corals you start putting in the tank, the more calcium that gets used up, more so if your going to be keeping stoney corals like closed brains..

When the coral stocking gets underway, its esential to monitor calcium levels, and ensure they stay with about 380 - 420..When it starts to drop down below them limits is the time that you will have to start dosing calcium at least..

One of the main things to remember is that anything you add to your tank in the way of additives like calcium, iodine etc etc is to ensure that you test for that additive as overdosing an element can have disaterous effects on the stability of the reef...

I hope this helps a little for you..By all means, if you have anything furthr to ask, or i have missed a part of your questions, please shout up...

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Postby man-alive » 2007-04-25 22:43

Thank you antnixon, I will surely use this info. :D
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Postby atnixon » 2007-04-25 23:01

No problem mate...any questions what so ever, just holla up mate...

Am here to help in any way i can..

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Postby KittyKat » 2007-04-30 20:01

Don't really know that much about corals myself (as yet), but I have seem some rather colourful and large mushrooms at my LFS not that long ago... maybe something worth looking into?
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Postby Kev » 2007-04-30 21:27

IME 'shrooms are bullet proof, very easy to keep... even some of the more elaborate species are fairly easy to keep going.
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Postby atnixon » 2007-05-01 11:43

Kev wrote: IME 'shrooms are bullet proof, very easy to keep... even some of the more elaborate species are fairly easy to keep going.

Can do nothing but agree with that...lets face it..there are not that many corals that you mange up with scissors in to tiny little bits, put in a box with some live rock rubble and they will grow so quickly, near enough each part will grow into a new shroom...

An experiment was carried out with 5 shrooms, all with a cap of about an inch in size, where put through a blender, the goo was then squirted in to an aquarium with just live rock with a pipette ( no filtration, only skimmer )..and again, they propogated like wild fire...

How good is that? and just goes to show how much of a hardy species of coral they really are..

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Postby man-alive » 2007-05-02 13:59

All ways liked the way mushrooms looked, now that I know this I definatley going to get some.
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Re: Corals

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Re: Corals

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