New to saltwater and ready for corals

Discussion in 'Soft Coral Discussion' started by Marty Fleskes, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Marty Fleskes

    Marty Fleskes Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2017
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    29
    Location:
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    This is my first thread so I will already apologize for the length of it. I'll try to give all the details you need. I had a 55 freshwater tank and a friend of mine offered up his 90 gallon saltwater set up for free. So off I went.

    90 gallon - long tank (63") and high (24")
    Eshopps RS-100 sump
    Aqueon 950 pumps (2)
    Aquatic Life Reef Edge 48" light
    60 pounds of live reef sand
    80+ pounds of BRS Reef Saver rock

    Set up October 17th. Cycled completely and then began adding fish. I have:

    2 Clowns
    Six Line Wrasse
    Diamond Watchman Goby
    Exquisite Firefish
    Yellow Eye Kole Tang
    3 Blue/Green Chromis
    Royal Gramma
    Fire Shrimp
    CUC

    Most recent water tests are:

    Ammonia - 0
    Nitrite - 0
    Nitrate - 5
    Calcium - 460
    Salinity - 1.024
    PH - 8.2

    I am ready to start corals and I thought my brain was getting too full with just the tank set up and fish, and then I started on the corals. I wanted some thoughts/advice on quarantine and introducing corals to the DT. My quarantine tank is a simple 10 gallon set up with HOB filter and LED light. See pictures below for the DT and a couple of corals in QT.

    Here are my questions:

    - I have Coral Rx and Bayer to use for QT. I have read a lot on each and it seems Bayer is more popular. Preferences and thoughts?
    - With new corals should I be removing them from rock/plug/etc. anyway to help prevent pests? I have read a lot about eggs on those items even after QT. I'm just concerned about damaging or killing the corals trying to do this.
    - How do I safely remove them? On the smaller coral in the picture I can easily take it off the plug but it is still attached to a small piece of rock. On the toadstool how do I safely get it off the rock?
    - I have read several articles and posts on QT procedures and time frames. Any thoughts on how long to QT?

    Thanks for any help or advice you can give.

    IMG_0054.jpg

    IMG_0055.jpg

    IMG_0057.jpg
     
    Tags:

  2. SDReefer

    SDReefer Active Member SDMA Member Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Messages:
    332
    Likes Received:
    324
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Welcome to R2R and congrats on an awesome tank! To answer your questions:
    • Bayer and CoralRx are two different dips, with people swearing by both of them. Use which ever you want.
    • I wouldn't remove the coral from the plug unless it was a LPS/SPS coral. Just make sure that the water is mixed when you dip the coral.
    • There's no easy way to remove leathers. You can remove the Zoa frag from the plug by pulling/pushing it off the frag plug since it's probably attached using Super Glue. Then, you would super glue it to your rock.
    • I'm not sure that many people quarantine their corals. However, it would be a 76-day quarantine in a frag tank to be absolutely certain. You can check out the article here.
     
    Jason mack likes this.
  3. reef lover

    reef lover It's a reef thing.... R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2013
    Messages:
    3,308
    Likes Received:
    9,148
    Location:
    new york
    Welcome to r2r!!
     
  4. Jason mack

    Jason mack Monti madness R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2016
    Messages:
    3,448
    Likes Received:
    7,746
    Location:
    Holland
    Welcome to R2R
    +1 for this . But I don’t qt my corals , I only aclimate temp then dip then into display too aclimate too light !
    Happy Reefing!!
    Mack
     
    SDReefer likes this.
  5. Marty Fleskes

    Marty Fleskes Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2017
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    29
    Location:
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    Thanks for the reply. I figured it might be easy to remove the Zoa from that plug so I will definitely do that. And I had also heard that the leathers are difficult to remove (easily anyway) and can't really be glued back on. I may just watch is a bit more in the QT and then dip once more before putting into the DT. The rock it is on will actually fit in a nice spot in the DT that I think will be good from a light and flow standpoint.
     
    SDReefer likes this.
  6. Marty Fleskes

    Marty Fleskes Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2017
    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    29
    Location:
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    OK thanks. I will watch a little more in the QT and then dip again before putting in the DT. They seem happy for now in the QT and have been there almost a week. I'm just not sure if the light for the QT is good enough for any long term stay
     
    SDReefer and Jason mack like this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice
Loading...