I was going to go fish only. But then I saw some tanks and discovered that some of the creatures I noticed first were things that [met this criteria] right off the bat for me like:
* mushrooms (rhodactis in particular)
Quite literally a whole new world opened up because of these budget friendly, attractive, and hardy creatures. Perhaps basic, but they still are a pleasure to observe.
I decided I would try corals because of them and am so glad I did. Now my eyes are open to other creatures like:
a bounce mushroom, and some spendy butt goni?? Not that I wouldn't love both of those. I think you could get by with the dunkan, however those can be touchy with swings. The torch is a winner but again depending on where you get one they can be spendy. Other than those zoas and maybe the gsp, not sure you can count the rest for this question.
I would have to say GSP WWC has several soft corals very cheapA Hardy, Fast Growing, Pretty & Inexpensive Coral...Does it exist?
Is this question a pipe dream? I don't think so but the better question is how rare is this coral combo and more importantly which corals should we be looking for? But then again if it's rare then it must be expensive right? This is turning into something more like a rabbit hole! HA! Nevertheless let's see what you all have up your sleeve. And of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder and some corals do better in other people's tanks. With that in mind let's try it anyway!
What coral would you say is Hardy, Fast Growing, Pretty and Inexpensive? (must meet all the criteria)
Many Reefers LOVE it and many Reefers HATE it but my vote goes to GSP (Green Star Polyps)
Yes they can be very invasive but you have to admit, a back wall, tank bottom, or even a rock island covered with GSP and waving in the current is a beautiful thing.
I too like the Kenya Tree and plan on having one. I am doing an all softie tank because they are not very common nowadays and I really love and enjoy softies.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! I'm sure there are some who find Kenya Tree pretty. I know in talking to an LFS owner a number of years ago, I asked why he didn't have any Kenya Tree. He told me he couldn't keep it in stock....it quickly sold out. So folks are looking for, and buying, inexpensive corals which some might consider pest-like.
I agree with @Mike from TN and @fachatga , I always liked my GSP, watching it wave back and forth in the motion of the tank, and I'm also not a "name-freak" when it comes to buying corals. There are many no-name corals for very little that, by my eye, are beautiful. I just like to watch them grow.