Beginner SPS

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  1. LukeG

    LukeG Well-Known Member

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    Can someone suggest some good beginner SPS? My 20T was cycled 4 weeks ago and I've got plenty of light. I'm just looking to narrow the list down before I do research.


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    Acropora - Green slimer

    Any birdsnest
    Any pocillopora
    Any stylophora
    Most Montiporas.

    Good luck with your search!
     
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    I don't have any sps in my tank because of light issues but if it were me I would wait a little longer till your parameters are for sure stable and then begin to add them. What lights do you have?
     
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    Pink lemonade is a hardy sps for beginners
     
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    LukeG Well-Known Member

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    Reef breeders 16" value fixture. I've got it running at 50%.


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    Thank you!


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    I second this list! The green slimer is one of my favorite corals anyway. Beginner or not!




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    Green slimer, birdsnest and red or purple monti. Good luck!
     
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    Great, this gives me a good place to start reading up on everything.


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    I think you'd be better served to wait until your tank has matured and stabilized, before trying any SPS. I would start with some Ricordea Yuma's, since they can tolerate a more nutrient rich environment, and won't overrun your tank. Xenia's, Kenya Tree, GSP's, etc. are interesting, but can become invasive. Here's a good article to refer to:

    Beginner Reef Keeping Corals | Successful Reef Keeping
     
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    I've added 3 Rics and 2 zoa frags to start out. I had a mixed reef years ago in college and successfully kept everything but SPS and clams. I was always limited running power compacts so I never learned much about either one. Eventually, I'll try my hand at both.


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    You can have sps after cycle is done. Doesn't matter which coral. Just keep your alk 8-9 range and dose small ammounts of alk,cal,mag when your alk starts falling. Keep salt and temp stable you will have no problems if you keep up on your wc.
     
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    Cycle finished over a month ago. My first corals are doing great and look way better in my tank than at the LFS. I'm dosing 2 part and a water change is scheduled this weekend. The water parameters have been stable.

    Here's my thread if anyone is interested. https://www.reef2reef.com/forums/showthread.php?t=109139
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    pocillopora are pretty indestructable, but that previous post is the best route

     
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    I am starting my tank in a couple of weeks. I've been reefing since 1986 and made every mistake a reefer can possibly make. The cool part is you learn from your mistakes. I've tried putting SPS corals in too soon and having a lot of fatalities. The main reason I'm stating this is SPS like mature tanks. You still haven't gone through the algae cycles yet which can curtail things. I would wait at least 4 months (maybe more) before adding montipora or pocillipora. If you are still hell bent on putting coral in sooner try tubinaria or yellow scroll.
     
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    I added acros 6 weeks into my tank and had no losses. I just started a zeo tank and added 2 tester SPS after 1 month and they are growing albeit slowly. The whole maturity argument is mostly nonsense, reefer maturity trumps tank immaturity most of the time....(notice how I avoid the word "all":p)
     
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    Stylo's are a good choice. Many colors to pick from. This is my ReefGen Milka Stylo with 2 yrs of growth. Also have a Trapezia crab residing in it. It releases eggs every month, good food for the DT.

    Milka Stylo.jpg
     
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    I put a Green Slimer in my tank a week after it got wet (no LR, used bacteria in a bottle). It's been doing great the whole time. Definitely +1 on that as a great starter SPS.
     
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    It is not nonsense waiting for a tank to mature. This hobby has many failures that follow the advice of careless reefers that rush too soon. People are going to do what they want. Personally I would wait until after the algae progression. Just trying to help people out Going to fast in this hobby is never a wise thing to do.
     
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