The easiest and hardest coral to thrive in YOUR saltwater reef aquarium is...

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Let's talk about the easiest and hardest coral to thrive in YOUR saltwater reef aquarium. I realize the answer to the QOTD today is going to vary for many different reasons. But I am curious to know what all of you think the answer to this question is for yourselves. I don't want to know based on what you have read or seen but what you have experienced. So let's talk about it!

What is the easiest and hardest coral to thrive in YOUR saltwater reef aquarium?

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Easiest is Kenya tree but my plating montis grow super well.

Corals that died in less than a month or two are leather, acropora, acans, zoas and a torch. Also I can't seem to keep clams alive and I have a lobo that isn't thriving.
 

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Torches are my nemesis!!! I can keep Hammers and frogspawn all day long, they thrive and grow like weeds, but Torches? NOPE!! They all die in short time.
+1 on torches. I have Frogspawn & Hammers but torches have been an adventure. With the prices these days - I'll pass.
 

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Easiest: Monti cap, Hollywood stunner chalice, stylophora.
Hardest: My one time tried and failed torch and Scoly.
 

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Though I have had success with many seemingly difficult corals like torches and lithophyllon, I've also had many failures. I had a zoa frag that slowly declined until death (though my other zoas seem okay), and a wall hammer that got worse and worse until it contracted BJD.

A particular coral that I can't keep alive at all are any type of mushroom coral. I've been told they're beginner corals, but any I've tried always died (both rhodactis and ricordea), usually turning white then disappearing. I don't know why that particular coral does poorly (maybe nutrients) but it's the one that I just can't ever get right.

So to rank them, I'd say:
Easiest: Leather coral
Hardest: Mushroom coral (though wall hammer is a very close second)
 

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dang Acans! I can grow sps lps softies so far most things I try. In my main tank every time I put an acan it seems to not grow or do much. If I move them to my frag tank they get very puffy and look great. Can’t understand why lol.
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dang Acans! I can grow sps lps softies so far most things I try. In my main tank every time I put an acan it seems to not grow or do much. If I move them to my frag tank they get very puffy and look great. Can’t understand why lol.
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I like those huge palys on the bottom left.
 

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Torches are my nemesis!!! I can keep Hammers and frogspawn all day long, they thrive and grow like weeds, but Torches? NOPE!! They all die in short time.
Me too!! My hammer does exceptionally well but my tank killed a torch in less than a month!
 

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I like those huge palys on the bottom left.
Thank you! I love these Paly Grandis! This is under heavy blue with orange lense on iPhone 11
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This is under white lights (dirty glass- sorry)
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So far I've only managed to kill an Elegance due to Elegance Coral Disease (it was Indonesian) and a bubble coral. The elegance was replaced by an aquacultured Aussie Elegance, which is thriving. I have no idea how I managed to kill a Bubble coral. Just never thrived.
 

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So far I've only managed to kill an Elegance due to Elegance Coral Disease (it was Indonesian) and a bubble coral. The elegance was replaced by an aquacultured Aussie Elegance, which is thriving. I have no idea how I managed to kill a Bubble coral. Just never thrived.
I used to have a beautiful elegance coral, but was so afraid of ECS that I traded it in for a wall hammer, which died of BJD. What a fool I am...
 

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Easiest: Zoa, Euphyllia
Hardest: Xenia, Mushroom

I took the liberty to interpret "grow" as spreading and growing in #. My discosoma grew from 1/8in hitchhiker to 3 inch without any babies and xenia patch is staying the same size for almost an year in one of my tanks.

Everything else grows like weed including acros
 

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Easiest: Zoa, Euphyllia
Hardest: Xenia, Mushroom

I took the liberty to interpret "grow" as spreading and growing in #. My discosoma grew from 1/8in hitchhiker to 3 inch without any babies and xenia patch is staying the same size for almost an year in one of my tanks.

Everything else grows like weed including acros
My xenia almost died until I put it on a rock, then it started thriving. I guess it's all location...
 

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