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Brain coral for beginners ? Any suggestions on make and model ? Servicing requirements etc. Fuel ? Substrate ? Additives ?

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Right, lets start with the easy bits, to save me searching, how big is your tank? what lighting do you have? how long has the tank been running? what else-corals,inverts and fish- do you have?

All these are important to start recommending what corals will be suitable
 
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400l, 800 x 800 x 630mm, 50kg LR, Running for 6 months, DNW200, 110l sump with DSB and algae




Fish - Yellow tang, clown, domini and midas.
2 x hermits (blue), fire shrimp, boxer shrimp, cleaner shrimp, tubeworm

Lighting - MH and T5's

3 x leathers (mushroom and finger)
1 x green star
1 x frogspawn
4 x frag sps (too small to work out make and model)
Loads of other weird LR life forms
 

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one rule must be on substrate
 

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Is this what it looks like grown up ?

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No, that is it grown up - it will reproduce so you get more of them.


Are you anywhere near northlands pets? i just went through the corals they had - they have trachyphillia - which are similar to the open brain (well they look similar)



Edit, late night - i didn't see the piccie properly - YES this is what they look like ( Note, don't half look at a picture when under the affluence of incerhol)
 
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Are you anywhere near northlands pets? i just went through the corals they had - they have trachyphillia - which are similar to the open brain (well they look similar)
Sorry no I am in Joburg, Northlands is about 600km down the road.

I will check them out when next I am in Durban
 

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Hi Warr -the only problems I have with keeping an open-brain, (not that I have one - but that's what I have been telling myself) - is that they might damage easily by what ever (falling rock, hermit crabs, shrimps, fish rubbing against them - thinking they are rocks, etc) - and as such, die.

BUT other than that - I do not think that this coral would be TOO difficult to keep. Except that your water parameters MUST be on par (high calcium, high alkalinity, no nitrates/nitrites/ammonia). I do also not think that this coral needs TOO high light neither TOO high water flow (low to medium water flow)....

Also - it can be fed if you do not have a high number of pods in your tank (no substrate usually equats to very little or no pods)....
 

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