Recommendation for a really red coral?

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Hondo, Jul 5, 2014.

  1. Hondo

    Hondo Guest

    Hi Everyone,

    I would like to add some red to my tank. It's a 10g tank and it is sorely lacking the color red.

    I am looking for some coral suggestions.

    I was thinking Fire and Ice zoas. I have not seen them in person, so I don't know if the beautiful pictures of these zoas are an accurate depiction.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Something red and stunning.

    Thanks,

    Sam
     
  2. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

    Goniopora.

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  3. Hondo

    Hondo Guest

    Spoon,

    That is awesome!!! Where did you acquire that? Is that an accurate depiction of the color?
     
  4. Hondo

    Hondo Guest

    I read this is an aggressive coral.
     
  5. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Don't do fire and ice zoas, they're really not that red.

    What kind of corals are you looking at? If you're looking at SPS you could go with the ORA Red Planet, or a red millepora, for LPS a lot of acan lords are quite red, there are more red zoas not sure of the names though.
     
  6. Hondo

    Hondo Guest

    Not sure on which corals, just looking for suggestions.

    I'm leaning towards zoas since I have experience with them.

    I just do water changes and don't dose, so if I added an SPS would I need to start dosing?
     
  7. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Get some nice bright red mushrooms! They're easy, cheap, and can be really bright red :)
     
  8. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    some close-to-red stuff would be red planet, shrooms, acans, or an rbta.
     
  9. Spoon

    Spoon Guest

  10. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Try ultr red people eaters. Or maybe a Red wellsophyllia. Matt at aqua exotic has one for a good price 60-70$
     
  11. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Oh that's a good idea too! Can't believe I didn't think of that, I had one red mushroom go off the reservation and hopefully I can get it to attach before the frag swap (or more to the point... hopefully before it attaches to a place where more expensive corals grow much more slowly).

    Red Blastomussa would be another option, a bit slower growing but often that's a good thing.

    From a mathematically standpoint, yes you would, water changes will NEVER fully replenish any levels you have (or remove anything you don't want) unless you do a full 100% change. However from a biological perspective, you got me, I'm not sure if the rate of absorption of elements by animals is related to saturation levels of those elements in the water column, i.e. if you have 400 ppm of calcium how does the growth rate (usage) differ than if you had 300ppm.

    However if you have coraline growing and want it to keep growing then you'll want to keep up with some dosing regime although it doesn't have to be that regular.
     
  12. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    @sfsuphysics ohhh that's right. i totally forgot, red blastos are the most red i've seen, but they're not entirely red.
     
  13. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    Red green blastos always lose their vibrance in my tank they go from bright red to dull red
     
  14. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    Some open brain corals have some nice bright red on them, so that's another idea. They can be a bit more pinky-red though.
     
  15. Hondo

    Hondo Guest

    I was at Neptune Aquatics today buying some RO water and saw a pink goniopora like Spoon had suggested. I had never seen one in person and was very impressed.

    They have one in there small nano display tank in the back near there bagging station. And were selling frags of this.

    I was tempted to buy but decided to hold off since it is not as red as I want.
     
  16. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    We're either going to have to congratulate you on amazing restraint or revoke your membership in Reefers Anonymous. :D

    Aren't goniopora temperamental?
     
  17. Hondo

    Hondo Guest

    It was very hard to restrain myself, but having a 10g tank I'm limited on space.

    I don't know anything about gonioporas, so I was reluctant to purchase.

    I believe they are temperamental and thus probably not the best coral for a newbie like myself.
     
  18. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Not really. Pretty benign actually. What they do is irritate other corals.
     
  19. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Dead genus.... Wellsophyllia got lumped into Trachyphyllia a long time ago.
     
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  20. FeliciaLynn

    FeliciaLynn Supporting Member

    I wouldn't recommend a goniopora for a beginner. They're very difficult to keep from what I know about them.
     

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