Too much of a good thing? Tiny or Large? Many or Few?

Which do you prefer?

  • A few LARGE, not as colorful less expensive, coral colonies filling your tank

    Votes: 132 36.5%
  • A lot of TINY, but very colorful more expensive, frags covering the rock

    Votes: 170 47.0%
  • Other (please explain in thread)

    Votes: 60 16.6%

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revhtree

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Is it possible to have too many corals in your reef aquarium?

I was talking to a local friend the other day, who is getting back in the hobby, and he stated that he wanted to choose a few corals and let them grow big instead of having a bunch of frags covering his rocks. So that got me thinking about the consensus of the community of hobbyists here at R2R and what your preferences are? But I wanted to dive a bit deeper and get a little more specific. More like less expensive and less colorful over more colorful but tiny and expensive. So answer the following if you will!

1. Which do you prefer? A few LARGE, not as colorful and less expensive, coral colonies OR more TINY, but very colorful and more expensive, frags covering the rock?

2. Do you agree or disagree that you CAN have too many corals in your reef tank?



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Such a loaded question hahaha

I want as many as I can fit but know they need to grow so can only fit so many :(

I like being able to watch things grow into show sizes but can't pass up a nice colony either!

And unfortunately yes I have seen some tanks that have too many coral. Although that should never be a thing, some tanks just get too small ;)
 

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I'm for big colonies. My Elegance is nearly a foot long... a pale green goniopora about softball size, a duncan colony probably 30 heads, maybe 7" across, Rainbow bubble tip that has split now, pretty much takes the entire top of one island... a few other fairly large corals. I'm pretty much done adding, at least for now. Green sinularia is maybe 6", should grow fast.

I may add some leptoseris, maybe some zoanthids, but that'd be about it.

No rush. Let it mature ;D
 

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Large colonies for me. But either can look good when filled in.
 

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I'm all for large and all for color... but not necessarily expensive. I like things that sway with the current and have a pop of color. This may sound basic but my favorite coral (which I lost) was my green star polyps. As soon as the new tank is set up, I'll start that going again. I also LOVE mushrooms. Not expensive compared to much of what others have. I've got a Kenyan Tree and some Pulsing Xenia. I have some zoas but they are frustrating.... I never seem to find the right location for them.
I'd rather have a few semicolorful cost effective corals than a bunch of tiny money suckers that I'll cry when I place them in the wrong spot.
 

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I like filling one tank with a bajillion tiny frags, letting them grow out there, then moving them to my bigger tank. My grow-out tank is definitely still a display tank, but since it's only 20 gallons, the upkeep on it would be ridiculous to prevent coral warfare as the frags get larger. The little ones look good in the 20, then they get moved to the 25 when they outgrow the tank, and after that they go to the 45. This prevents me from overstocking any tank, saves me money because Im buying frags instead of colonies, and stops me from losing an itty bitty frag within my rocks in my ‘big’ tank. Everybody ends up happy and I’ve got three beautiful tanks now :) Just on the hunt for some fish to fill em up!
 

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At first I just wanted to fill my tank so I bought cheap large corals colonies basically now however I would definitely prefer to have smaller more colorful more expensive corals one that I don't have that I really really want and I've been wanting for a while is the homewrecker from Jason Fox just haven't been able to afford it yet
 

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i have a long view. i like variety and colorful corals. i think my taste runs to frags that will grow over the years. i don't mind 'empty' rock that will be covered in 3-5 years. i also realize that some fast growing corals will need to be pruned.
expensive exotics? i wear quality shoes but i don't have a Nike wall. i tend to play with toys rather than keep them sealed until the value of them rewards my investment.
equally important: My set up is not sufficient and my experience is too slight to confidently care for the admittedly wonderful creatures i love looking at.
 

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Personally, I enjoy a sporadic mix of the two. A rock can look stunning covered in small frags of different colors, but when those frags grow in is where it really gets pretty. On the flip side, colonies can be amazing to have! I personally prefer to grow them myself though.
 

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After going both options at one time or another, my poll vote was for “other“. I would prefer less coral colonies then a bunch of tiny frags but I want the most pop I can get from the colonies and not less expensive and less colorful so if I need to spend more to get the corals I want then so be it.
The best way in my opinion is to have two tanks, one, a display tank, is to mount small pieces, space accordingly so they can grow large without infringing on each other’s real estate and exercise some patience and enjoy the time while they grow out and end result is a beautiful reef. However that’s not easy when we want instant gratification and when something new shows up that we “need” to have. So have a second tank dedicated to growing out colonies of all different types on tiles. Best of both worlds
 

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