Beginner Friendly Coral?

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  1. tutmatt3

    tutmatt3 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys!

    So initially I was setting up a 55g Fowlr, and decided why not introduce a bit of coral into its origins?!
    So this is the light I picked up:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFTSV24/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I personally enjoy coral that 'sway' in the wind lol. But want to begin with something simple to manage. (also I really enjoy grabbing something young & watching it grow)

    Set up:
    55gal @ 1.025 salinity, 78degress
    2x HOB filters, running over 550gal/h
    protein skimmer rated @ 100gal tank
    200w heater
    35lb dry rock (reef saver)
    60lb live sand
    2x Powerheads

    Planning on introducing first livestock on Friday! Cycle will be complete Wednesday, and want to do a 50% water change & give an additional day to observe numbers.

    Here's a pic! (old stock LEDs in image)
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    Hoping to get some coraline from snails / frags introduced into the tank! (although don't want to starve the snails since theres nothing for them to munch on yet)

    Looking forward to your input!

    Cheers,
     
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    Lowstorm Well-Known Member

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    Super easy, readily spreads.... green star polyps, any cheap mushroom, Kenya tree corals, leathers of any sort.
     
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    Look into some of the leathers and maybe a nice colt coral. Kenya trees are nice, but be prepared to take some out as they can spread quickly. Green star polyps and xenia are also often recommended as easy, but can quickly spread and take over.
     
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    tutmatt3 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome, thanks for the suggestions! Any of the easy ones that you guys recommend staying away from?
    I remember reading some people having issues with mushrooms they introduced just taking over, and never being able to rid of them.
     
  5. saltyfilmfolks

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    The best corals are the cheap corals. Experiment and Pick the stuff you like and are interested in, and learn about them. decorate the tank. ANd Practice for the next one.
    Nothing better than some "ugly" zoas. Clove polyps too, try a gorg.
    Just check how much light you have and the basic params.
     
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    Thanks!!
     
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    Get some live rock in that tank. A few pounds from the LFS of well cured live rock will add a nice amount of biodiversity in sponges, pods, worms, and other great microfauna that will benefit the system.
     
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    Folks forget that now. Sterile is in.(dry shps cheaper) It takes a bit longer to mature it seems.
     
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    + on Zoas (they are hard to kill) Since you are brand new, i wouldn't worry about mushrooms taking over...you might actually like that (red or green, avoid yuma). Same for pulsing zena and green star polyps. I personally had mixed results with some leathers as a newb but the kenya tree is hardy.



    Giant claims are also a lot easier to keep than people think (but they aren't cheap).

    Ive found Duncans to be tough.

    Avoid acans, they are not as easy as people say...blastos however are pretty easy.

    If you are successful early on you might try graduating to torch and frogspaws, but i would avoid hammers.
     
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    zoas are not ugly 20160920202910.jpeg polys are cool 1484084925598.jpeg mushrooms rock 1484084954431.jpeg claims like nitrates 1484084984329.jpeg torchs and frogs "sway" 1484085018968.jpeg duncans are about as easy as leathers 1484085060827.jpeg zoas will take over
     
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    GPS for sure. Just put it on the sand so it doesn't take over. I like pulsing xenia, too. And zoas and palys, but I'd avoid any with the word "death" in their name.
     
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    If you like the "swaying in the wind" I would look at a Frogspawn or Hammer coral. They will move with flow, and are also relatively inexpensive and easy.
     
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    Not necessarily because the cheap route - but have heard many stories (from close friends as well) that have had tank issues from hitchhikers. I wanted to take the safe way, and once again - love seeing things develop from early age instead of starting w/ something ready.

    Thanks! Will look into them!


    Many thanks on all the reference images!

    Thanks!


    Awesome, really cool. Thank you very much!
     
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    Not directed at you just an in general. Theres many reasons to use live rock, and the correct usage and care of it has become a bit of a lost art. Just different.
     
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    I used all dry rock for the base of my stack and then added about 15lbs of live rock to help seed. Within 3 months everything was colored up nice and I had a wonderful population of pods.
     
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    Hmmm. Maybe I'll see if I can get the LFS to sell me one that's inside a tank w/ fish or coral already.

    Not too found of the LR they're selling. The only stuff with color is that man-made reef 2.1 stuff.
     
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    Do you only have 1 LFS? I was really picky about live rock...wanted to make sure it was the right shape and most importantly, wanted to make sure it was coming out of a clean tank.
     
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    Get some Pulsating Xenia and watch it take over :eek:
     
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    Ya only got 1 in town. Next one isn't too far, 30 min drive - but same deal. They just get their LR and let them sit while customers purchase. I don't really see any Q.C. going on in that section.

    I'm sure if I'm pushing enough I could get them to get me one from a current tank instead of their pile of idk-what-is-going-on-in-there

    so many awesome ones to choose from! :D
     
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    That's what I did...I picked live rock from their fish display tanks...for $8 per pound, I figured I should get what I want :)
     
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