When to add the first coral

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  1. MarjoleinJ

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    Hi everyone

    I am sure this question has been asked several times before, but here it is again...

    When is a "good time" to add my first coral? I am definately thinking a soft coral as these seem to be easier and more forgiving.
    My Red Sea Max 130 is 9 weeks old and my water parameters are as follows:
    Temp: 26C
    Salinity: 1.023
    pH: 8.4
    Alkalinity: 5dKH - I am dosing with KH Coralline Gro, 2ml daily
    Amonia: 0
    NO2: <0.3
    NO3: 0.0
    PO4: 0.08 - I am dosing with NO3-PO4-X 2ml daily

    Current livestock:
    2 small common clowns
    1 algae blenny
    1 blue legged hermit crab
    1 cleaner shrimp

    I had a bloom of green hair algae at about week 2, but that is almost gone now. I think I also have a small patch of cyno, but tried to get rid of it this weekend and am watching to see if it comes back.

    Also, would you recommend a mushroom coral or an anthelia as a first for a first timer?;)
     
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    You can add, tank is old enough and seems stable
     
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    Most softies (musrooms,colts,etc) is ok for newbies, zoas should also be ok
     
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    Yay! Thanks everyone...this is such a learning curve and so exciting! Guess who's going shopping this weekend? :)
     
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    Hi Marjolein, something that bothers me is that you are adding KH and you don't have any corals to consume the alkalinity. Are you sure the reading is 5dKH and not 5 meq. If it is 5 meq it could explain why the alkalinity is not increasing. 5meq = 14dKH.
     
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    Hi there
    Yes, the reading is definately 5dKH - I was uncertain bacause that seemed so low, so I took a water sample to the LFS and they confirmed my findings and suggested dosing with Corraline Pro. Unless I have missed the boat (very possible), they explained that the corraline aglae is consuming the KH and that is why it is so low, and that it should be supplemented, to encourage furhter growth. It has come up from 4dKH, 10 days ago. Is it ok to contune dosing if I plan to get a soft coral on the weekend? Thanks for the concern...
     
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    That is fine as long as the Alkalinity is dKH. What salt mix are you using?
     
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    Its the Redsea Salt mix. If I am not mistaken, the low nutrient one, but will have to double check this at home.
     
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    Red Sea should mix up to a dKH of at least 7. But that could be because your sg is a little low. I would lift the sg up to 1,026 @20c. (Salinity S= 35) . Do it slowly though.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice, will slowly increase salinity.
     
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