Beginner Friendly Coral?

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  1. tutmatt3

    tutmatt3 Well-Known Member

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    Ok, very good to know that that is a possibility. Man.. Nervous about doing it but also feel like it might be the right thing to do -_-
     
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    Bassett22 Well-Known Member

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    remember, you can contact local reefers and find someone who is breaking down a tank and go cherry pick some live rock from them, sure there is risk in getting a bad hitchhiker, but your going to be dealing with that risk once you start adding corals anyway. If you dont add rock, thats cool too, I just love seeing micro brittle stars, feather dusters, stomatella snails, collonista snails, all the various pods and stuff that CANT buy that will really help the tank.
     
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    tutmatt3 Well-Known Member

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    ahhhh I know I know.
    As much as I want to, I think I'm actually going to avoid it.

    I have a cousin who I can grab a rock from him, but still I'd rather be as safe as I can with introduction of possible pests.

    I know it'll happen w/ coral, but at least (should) be easier for this noob to inspect :D. Rocks have too many holes! hah
     
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    klesel Well-Known Member

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    Look on Craigslist you can ding frags of stuff cheep and some of the easy stuff people just give away because it grows so fast or just wanting to up grade just dip it
     
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    tutmatt3 Well-Known Member

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    Will do. Thanks!
     
  6. peterthegamer

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    Best way to avoid pest is dipping the corals. Coral RX, revive and etc are products which you can use. Any idea on what type of fish you plan on adding?
     
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    Also to get a swinging motion from corals you need decent flow and it seems to me that those powerhead are kinda small.
     
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    tutmatt3 Well-Known Member

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    They are rather small yes. Decent power though. (wasn't planning on coral when purchased, just flow) Rated @ 530.

    And copy that on the dip! For fish I would love to get a colorful / peaceful environment. Thinking of some clowns, tangs, bangais.
     
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    Toxic Green Palys and Kenya Trees are always good additions. Also most tangs will outgrow a 55g and can get aggressive as they mature to tank-mates and new additions! You should be good with a Yellow or any type of Bristletooth. :D
     
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    peterthegamer Well-Known Member

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    I think you can get away with a small tang that doesn't grow quickly, but expect to transfer the tang into a larger tank sometime later though.
     
  11. saltyfilmfolks

    saltyfilmfolks Lights! Camera! Reef! R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad

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    QT the Tang. Jus sayin.
     
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    MaiReef Well-Known Member

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    Kenya Tree is good and you can always pull it off where you don't want it. I actually like it and keep it still because it flows nice, doesn't die(neither has my favia and frogspawn), and grows easily which is a nice reward.
     
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    Plus 1 on yellow and bristletooth. My fab bristle is the kole.
     
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    Just reading all of this is great news for me as newbie as well. Thanks all
     
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    I would isolate the green star polyps... i started with those and love them still but I have to trim mine back every couple of months which would be impossible if they were on my main piece of rock. I can almost guarantee that you will start getting more and more into corals if you're getting the slightest incling for them now. I started with a similar mindset to you and next thing you know I'm upgrading my lights, pumps buying a 3 part dosing system and barely care about anything but my corals. Point is I wouldn't put too many "easy corals" in as they can take over a tank. I would get ones that are easy to frag like the hammer coral or Duncan coral. Good luck and have fun!!
     
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    HAVE FUN!!! The best part is being able to enjoy ur hard work. Best of luck and for tangs the tomini bristletooth is my fav.
     
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    "green star polyps, any cheap mushroom, Kenya tree corals" Be very careful with these. The mushrooms can become a menace. I have some GIANT brown mushrooms that I am continually removing from the tank and just cant seem to get rid of them.
    Kenya tree can also multiply very quickly as does the green star.
    There many zoa's that will make you happy.
     
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    I started with Zoe's and a blasto. So softies and LPS. Just try to avoid anything you have to feed. Stuff that needs low-medium flow and the same with light. Makes it easier. You'll have the hang of it in no time. Just remember to always dip your coral. I'm crazy about it. You DO NOT want unwanted pests. Everyone has s different way of dipping their coral. But it some way or another it needs to be done. Good luck and happy reefing.
     
  19. Bob Escher

    Bob Escher Bye bye freshwater R2R Supporter

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    I have that light and although it's says marine it's more for a FOWLR tank only not very good for corals
    I talked to the them asking for a replacement remote control.
    They said not this one but the pro II would be the way to go
    Ought to call them and tell them what your doing and reverify what they told me. It has no uv and green light that I remember ( mines been for sale for the longest here on REEFTOREEF)
    The white lights isn't that great in the mix.
    Loved it on my freshwater it comes with a bunch of settings already programmed in along with recommendations
    I have a cube tank that is 24 wide by 23 ( front to back) and 21 inches deep so that might have something to do with why they told me no

    For your info I'm not telling you it won't work that's up to you to try it
     
  20. van7271

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    Personally I would wait at least 6 months before introducing any coral. Develop some stability in your tank. There will will be many ups and downs to come as you establish your system. After that find a good frag seller and go nuts. You will be surprised how fast they will grow in a well established tank.
     

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