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    corals for beginners

    Many people who are setting up a marine aquarium for the first time look to forms like this for help and so I pose the question to you

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    corals for beginners

    maybe xenia

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    corals for beginners

    I would say mushrooms or green star polyps or a leather.

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    corals for beginners

    do not buy any sps for start,I just loose 2 and still I dont know why

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    corals for beginners

    Here is a list of corals which are excellent for the beginner reef keeper.

    Soft corals or octocorals
    Pulsing Xenia
    Star Polyps
    Mushroom corals - Not Ricordea mushrooms perhaps but any of the less colourful mushrooms would be a good start though you may regret adding these to a tank when you have progressed onto other corals.
    Zoanthids -
    Button Polyps -
    Leather corals -
    Toadstool Corals -
    Kenyan Tree Corals -
    Colt Coral -


    I would suggest learn how to maintain your tank and get into a routine of making sure everything is stable and running well - this will take a while - probably much more than 6 months - in fact the maturer you can get your system the better.

    Another piece of advice would be to get captive grown specimens whenever you can -

    Please do ask for advice and if we have any frags available

    J

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    corals for beginners

    Best for a beginner.. . whatever soft coral frags a local reefer has available.. . take the opportunity to collect and have a look at their set-up for ideas..

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    corals for beginners

    Most easy corals come in the soft coral range.I say easy but if you can't get your water params right soft corals won't do well either.They generally do well under T5 lighting.Zoas are popular but need really bright light to thrive so place them near the top.Softies need a good flow but not so much as they get swept away or battered.Softies to steer clear of until you get more experience are all gorgonians, they need to be fed,imo even the photo types need feeding to do well,all dendros, and cespitularia which you may be tempted to impulse buy and although related to xenia isn't an easy coral for a beginner.
    If softies do well in your tank so will most LPS corals.They need exactly the same conditions except you'll need to directly feed them with mysis or similar food a few times a week.If you mix both these types you'll need to skim as softies release toxins into the water to retard growth of other corals and also competing soft corals.A skimmer will remove these toxins as they are released.


    do not buy any sps for start,I just loose 2 and still I dont know why
    If softies and LPS are doing well in your tank the conditions are wrong for sps.Sps need a much stronger water movement and also much brighter lighting,imo MH.

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