How much light for trumpet coral?

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  1. Tobes

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    Howzit reefers, can anyone tell me how much light does a trumpet coral need to grow? I'm nursing one since I got it and it was high up in the tank. I have a 250w 14000k MH and it didn't seem to grow at all.
    I moved it lower now yesterday, was that the right move? I have it for 4 months now and it's not dying nor growing, the skeleton is showing and there are only small green "bubbles" on the top. Can someone help?:blushing:
     
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    It is the one in the foreground, it slowly deteriorated, then came back and now it is standing still - not growing. There is not a lot of green left on it. Before I got it from someone, it was out the water for some time. Then only was it put in a bag. This was taken 1 day after I got it.


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    Hi Tobes - as far as I know, they do not require TOO much lighting. With a 250 watt MH, you might be "over-lighting" the LPS. Also, I do not think that it likes too much water flow. So, perhaps a corner where there's not TOO much light, neither TOO much water flow?
     
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    I would keep them lower in the tank, dont need too much light and moderate water flow.
     
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    Also check you calcium and alkalinity. I had a alkalinity problem and mine did not do too well. Fixed that (and it's not in too bright light) and all going well again.
     
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    They need medium light with medium flow. You also have to feed them at least twice a week. Obviously your water parameters must be good. Otherwise a very hardy coral. Are there any other corals close by that may be able to damage it? i.e other lps or softies.
     
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    Agreed, mine has average flow, halfway to the bottom of the tank
     
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    Thanks guys, moved him down 2 days ago and it looks a bit better now. Nico, there are no other corals close by to damage it. I feed coral frenzy 2-3 times a week - is that ok? What food does this coral prefer?
     
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    Grow? How? Doesn't coral frenzy have phytoplankton in?
     
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    Live phyto, coral frenzy is a bit dead.

    Start Phyto reactor ;)
     
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    Tobes, I use Mysis shrimp, Krill, brine shrimp and cyclop eeze. Pop it in a blender to chop it up and target feed. Works very well and also for other lps corals.
     
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    i was reading a thread on that here from which I gathered that there are other variables including water flow and location of the frag and yeh, the lighting... has anyone had any success here with any particular recipe?

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