What Soft corals to start with for a newbie

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Hi Guys,

My tank has another week or so to cycle, TL-550 nano boyu. Current have some good figi LR, 3 Hermits and 1 lawnmover blenny.

I'm starting to do some research on livestock and dont know where to start ? I'm thinking of starting with a few pretty "hardy" corals ? and then slowly start introducing some inverts and then fish ??? Is this the right start ?

Can you guys recommend some very hardy corals that I can start with also bearing in mind my measly 2*24w T4 10000K lights in the boyu ?

If you can give me names and pics I will then can do more digging, I know this is a schlep to post pics too but will be appreciated ???

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As above, add mushrooms, and even lps, most are pretty easy going, just try to avoid the sps (twigs to you and me) but do ask if they need target feeding - in which case avoid ;)
 

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is sps (soft polyp stoney) different to what we call softies ???? or is SPS same as SOFTIES
 

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is sps (soft polyp stoney) different to what we call softies ???? or is SPS same as SOFTIES
no , sorry, SPS = small polyped stony, they are the hard corals, very difficult to keep for us amatuers, they require excellent husbandry and water perams that are absolutely spot on, look up acropora (for example) lps are large polyp stonys - hammer corals, torch corals, bubble corals, candy cane or trumpet corals(same thing) for good examples of easy going lps.
 

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thanks guys, I think I'm gonna give softies an initial go !!!
 

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thanks guys, I think I'm gonna give softies an initial go !!!
Just try to get your water perams as good as poss, work on weekly water changes of 10% and install timing for your lighting, an auto top up will help the husbandry, as this will keep the SG close to spot on.
 

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Great thanks dude, once the cycle has matured, how long do you recommend to lighting to be on for ???
 

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I find 8 hours a day works fine on the TL-550. Any longer and you tend to get algae growing on the glass.

By the way, "softies" are soft corals, belonging to the class Octocorallia (their polyps have 8 tentacles each, and tentacles have fine pinnules, making them look like feathers, often). Beware that some soft corals produce hard calcium carbonate skeletons, and conversely many LPS (large-polyped stony) corals look very soft and fleshy to the eye. Zoanthids and mushrooms are not, technically soft corals.

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All the Mumbo and Jumbo aside. The question is how to start adding your first coral

1. make sure u are cycled - Amonia = 0, Nitrites = and Nitrates = less than 20
2. DONT go to the store and buy a box full of coral and fish. a new system cannt handle rapid bioload changes. Start with one Sofie and keep him for 2-3 week and monitor it's progress. if he look happy (good inflation and polyp extention) u can go on and try one more.
3. The Very best way to start with coral is to get a frag form some reefer friend. crags tend to keep better and are more hardy. try a sinularia frag or pincusion.

i hope this is of some help
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ed
 

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