Plan for stocking reef tank

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  1. Dlaria

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    I want my corals to be bright, and look good day and night. How does this combination look? I have the first two macro-algae coming.

    Live Chaetomorpha Algae - for refugeum

    Mermaid's Fan Plant for main tank

    Australian Blue and Green Acan Lord Coral

    blue mushroom (I have some red and orange that came with the LR :) )

    I have a Kenya coral I got with the LR as well.

    True Kryptonite Candycane Coral

    Bright Yellow Polyps Coral

    Neon Green Leather

    Pulsing Steel Blue Xenia Coral

    Metallic Green Star Polyps Coral

    hammer coral green & blue

    Then, maybe a zoa, a clam, and nennie to finish off?

    I'd like to add a red tree sponge, too. Maybe some other colorful sponges.

    Wondering how mature the tank has to be to add each of these?
     
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    Mermaids Fan Plant..nice bright green..never heard of it until I just did a Google..:blush: Going to Google the rest now...:005::005:
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    Is anyone using Mangrove trees in their tank or refugeum?
     
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    I have a mangrove,dunno what they actually do, but I added it jus Because it looks kinda nice havin an mini tree growing in saltwater lol

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    . My bad!
     
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    Adding to my list

    Montipora capricornis

    Red Monti Cap Coral... those are so neat.
     
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    The mermaids fan does not generally do well, long term, especially in a new tank, as it easily becomes covered with hair algae which smothers it.

    Also keep in mind that some corals need high water flow, whilst others require a more moderate flow. With your proposed mix, you might pick up problems regarding this, and will have to plan your tank layout accordingly.

    Hennie
     
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    Thanks, Hennie. I'll try to place the animals based on light and flow needs.
     
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    Thanks, Belinda
     
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    I find that LPS corals dont like flow.. low - medium
    monti caps enjoy flow .. med - high. My monti caps lost their colour, but when I moved the green one to an area with more flow it started to get some colour back :) ..

    Why dont you get more LPS like a torch, brain, hammer etc? The nice thing about Euphyllias are that is adds movement to your tank. I love mine
     
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    Yes, I want a hammer. The Acan lord looks a bit like a brain. I just looked up the torch. Those are so kewl!
     
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    Oh! I'll need some staghorn type corals too!
     
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    That is pretty! I need Pink!
     
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    get comfortable with keeping your corals, keep the alk, ca and mg stable then look into sps :) .. Why dont you get a monti cap frag first, if that does good then look into getting a staghorn. Thats what Im doing;)
     
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    Those are perfect!
     
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    The couple at the LFS said they get the monti cap corals in periodically. I am hoping to get those next. I do think those will really add some structure and interest. My alk is still high, and I have to find a Mg test kit. I'm waiting before I put any more in. Want to make sure these make it first. No sense me failing on a grande scale, when a small scale will do! :)
     
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