Easy Corals for Beginners

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  1. Pugsly

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    Hi there guys.

    Can someone please advise on what corals are easy beginner corals for a system that has medium and strong DT flow and that will thrive under my lighting - As in T5's 54w and 80w, 8 tubes in total. Does not matter what corals just as long as they are easy, nice looking and thrive in any condition

    Thanks allot
     
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    Mushrooms and zoa's! always a winner. LPS corals would work to like frogspawns, bubble, torch, hammer, candy cane and so on.Rather not SPS as they thrive more under metal halides but Ic ould be corrected.
     
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    All Living creatures need good conditions to do well. Any condition just does not sound good to me.

    If you are looking for corals that are easy to keep i would suggest:

    Softies - Leathers, Sinularia's, Kenya trees, Mushrooms, Zoanthids

    LPS corals require calcium to ensure that they stay alive and if the calcium gets to a too low level they will die.

    What do u want to achieve with your tank?
     
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    sorry - let me try again - when I said thrive in any condition what I ment is if I had to go away for a week as eg. I would not have to worry about people having to feed them etc (I have a auto feeder for the fish) so basically they are easy to keep and don't have to be fed bits of fish etc. and that my setup will be fine for them and not cause harm. As in the lights (T5's) and medium to strong flow. Thats what I should have said sorry
     
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    No problem man, I understand.
    Whats listed above would be great. Strong flow is recommended for SPS but u can use it depending on how u place the pumps and the corals. also forgot to mention, Green star polyps and xenia are great to start of with as well. LPS dont need too much of light or crazy flow, so corals like your hammers, candy canes, open brains ect are good as well.
     
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    thanks Ziyaadb - that helps allot.
    So just to confirm the corals you listed above as easy corals they don't need to be feed bits of fish - I can dose coral liquid for them?
     
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    Yes they do not need to be fed. Just ensure that your water quality remains stable and good and you will be fine. You can even do away with the liquid coral food. I would personally say stay away from the LPS for now and go with the softies and once you have a bit more experience get some LPS as you would still need to monitor your Calcium and Alkalinity as well.I would say that try and get some:
    green star polyps or any type of polyps corals
    Leathers
    Sinularia
    Kenya trees
    Xenia
    Zoas
    And once u feel a bit more confident get the LPS
     
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    thanks allot for the input ziyaadb! I really do appreciate it
     
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    Thats what we are here for man
     
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    thanks for the added info sihaya! much appreciated!
     
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    tagging along,as im starting out with corals soon!
    starting with zoa's,star polyps and mushrooms.
    what light will i require,calcium needs to be atleast 400?anythin vital i need to know?
     
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    Yes maj keep all perimeters stable and you will be fine, Cal 400 - 450
     
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    if i need to up my calcium,what do u suggest i use?how do i go about that as my calcium is around 380
     
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    you would need to use a calcium buffer. I use reef advantage from seachem. Also check your ALK as most of the time alk and calcium are dependent on each other so you would need to raise both
     
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    i actually have that at home,must use level teaspoon per 150l,mix in RO water.
    how often do i need to add the buffer?
    also how do i raise alk?
     
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    raise it till its inline with the required level that you want it, U can raise Alk in the same way there is a buffer for ALK too. Do you have crazy Corroline algea or other hard corals in your tank?
     
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    got no corals in the tank yet,gettin some very soon,so i want my tank params to be ideal for the zoa's and polyps that im gettin.
    Will go check what alk buffers i can get
     
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    Thats strange for your cal to be so low, what salt are u using?

    U dont need cal and alk for zoas and polyps but its good to have the ideal conditions
     
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    using 2oceans aquarium water...still need to switch over to a salt mix,waiting for cash flow to improve;)
     
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