HI and Artificial Coral

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  1. Nicholas

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    Hi. Im new to the world of marine tanks. I havent got one yet but am very keen to do so in the near future. Im thinking of a Cube(I think thats what its called) type tank. Just something small for now.

    What I was wondering, Is there anyone who knows if it is possible to get a artificial coral?
    I was thinking it would be easier(and cheaper) to use this than the real stuff. Can you even get stuff like this that is real?

    Thank you
    Nick
     
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  3. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    here is your pic...
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    These actually look more like coral skeletons rather than fake or plastic coral, which is horrible.
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    oh and welcome to MASA !
     
  5. Nicholas

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    Hi Singularity. They look fairly realistic though compared to some of the corals I have seen out in the ocean. Can you get this in SA? And can you get it with colour?
     
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    Why dont you just get the real thing, if you setup half a decent tank you wont have any problems keeping some easy corals.
     
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    What is the price of real coral though? Can one get this artificial coral in Sa?
     
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    Yes you get artificial corals, but they look really horrible and fake. You can get real coral frags relatively cheaply.
     
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    Coral frags, is that real coral? What is the price of artificial VS real coral? Sorry for all the Q and A.
     
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    Well there are alot of reefers me included that would swop out frags or sell frags cheap i think bout 60 rand a frag or so. Reall corals are the way to go else you can just as well go fresh water with fake coral s
     
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    I am not exactly sure about the price of artificial, but i have seen some plastic pieces of cr@p for something like R60-100, they wont look nice for long as they will get covered in algae etc. You can sometimes pick up frags for free if you lucky, check out the livestock for sale section to get a better idea on pricing.

    Anyway what are you planning interms of the tank ? You should also do alot of reading before you decide what exactly you want to keep in your tank and what the needs of these specific creatures are. Also before buying anything just ask on this forum before you buy if you need it and if it is a good buy.
     
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    Cool thanks for the info guys. Will definitely do my home work.
     
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    Hey Nicholas - welcome to MASA.
    When the guys talk of coral frags, they mean fragments of corals ie. taken either a deliberate cut off or a small branch off from a coral. Corals ar based in many groups, even the strange "plant" looking items are actually corals, not plants.

    Starting small tank is maybe the better way to go in the begining because you don't have a massive cost with getting things running and it allows you to begin learning the in's and out's of keeping a reef tank. But trust me, you WILL want a bigger tank as soon as that one gets going nicely - it happens to all of us. I started with a 4ft tank and am actually still busy setteling it in and already I have long term plans for a bigger tank....Good luck and happy reefing
     
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    Welcome to MASA.

    Here in the US fake stuff is EXPENSIVE. I often look for things for hitching posts for my seahorses. Recently I found a clam shell at the LFS that I though would make a good feeding dish. It was almost as much as a live clam. The fake coral was also almost as much as the real stuff.
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Nicholas! Great to have you on-board.

    A quick question? Why would you want fake couriers in your tank? In the end this will just be detritus traps which would most likely end up leading to a nuisance algae problem!
     
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    Hi Nicholas, welcome to MASA. Seeing that you're new, please read the link in my signature for some great info on setting up a marine tank.
    From my side on the fake corals - they look ugly. There are a few advantages though - they are easy to keep and don't require food, but to frag can be a bit difficult :lol:
     
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