easy coral

Discussion in 'Coral' started by jorahx4, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    hey guys, what are some relatively easy coral to take care of? this is my first tank and i want to get some color in it with out going over board with things i don't fully understand just yet.
  2. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    Xenia, green star polyps, leather toadstool, any kind of mushroom, zoanthids!
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  3. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    thanks! ill google search that to get an idea of them!
  4. tankguy

    tankguy BOD

    Be careful on some of the easy coral as some will spread quickly and completely take over your tank. Green Star and Kenya trees come to mind
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  5. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Best to take it slow and make a plan of what you want your tank to be in a year or 2 before adding whatever looks good and possibly being stuck with that.
  6. jorahx4

    jorahx4 Supporting Member

    is it a good idea to glue down corals? i thought about it but than also realized it might be hard to move them later.
  7. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    It is good, as Mike points out, make a plan for the future; is easier to romove a small rock with certain coral than having to take out a big rock with different corals on it because you just want to remove one type of coral.
  8. jorahx

    jorahx Guest

    Cool. I'll start out with. Drawing and figure out where and which corals I want them. Thanks for the help guys!

    Oh yeah another question. Is it bad for corals to be out of water when transferring from bag to tank?

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  9. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    Gsp , Xenia , confine them in separate rocks.
    Vargas cespitularia, blasto, Mohawk zoa, radio active green eye zoa, Miami hurricane chalice , most Cloves , green pociliopora/birdnest all are easy and available in excess from one or other club members . I can give you at least three of the above mentioned corals
  10. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    Not as long as it’s only for a short period, say few minutes
  11. jorahx

    jorahx Guest

    Haha I don't know most of these names, have to google imagines to see what those even are. But sure I would gladly have any you can donate.

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  12. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    How big and old is your tank. If your nitrogen cycle has already completed then probably start with GSP.
    Share details about your setup, things like light, flow etc. They are critical to determine what type of coral you can keep.
  13. jorahx

    jorahx Guest

    20 gal Nuvo tank.
    Nanobox dual plus m
    Reactor on back with some macroalgae I got from a store.
    Flow I don't know right now(out of town for New Years) but I got a power head I put on the left side of the tank so it can circulate the back.

    Tank was started three weeks ago, zero ammonia, zero nitrite, nitrate was 7 last time I checked (couple days ago) cal/mag were in what I believe to be normal rangers (don't remember it off top of my head) I do 10% change outs every week.

    I bought a few corals from a local store to start off. They seem to be doing fine and waving in the water.

    I have some pictures I can share of my set up. Not that good at photoing yet so everything seems super blue.



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  14. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    This is a sweet setup, you have skimmer and chaeto reactor going already. With that duo light, you should be able to grow even acropora in this tank :)

    Lets start with GSP and let it grow for a few weeks, then slowly start adding radio active dragon eye, mohawks , various easy to keep montis. I am in foster city, lets sort out the pick up time by PM.
  15. jorahx

    jorahx Guest

    I love the light. But honestly don't know what strength each color should be set to, so I have it set to what it came as. Seems 'fine' because throughout the day they slowly go up and back down over a 12 hour cycle.

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  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Colorado member

    Are you sure you want to start him off with gsp? A lot of reefers consider gsp more of a weed. It can become invasive if you don’t keep it contained and managed.
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  17. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Start with some toadstool and frogspawn...”wavy corals” Zoas are boring!

    GSP works too if you keep it isolated to a tiny single rock island.
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  18. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    LOL, i would say go with zoa since both toadstool and fragspawn and grow massive, Zoas , you can trim back always.
  19. Ranjib Dey

    Ranjib Dey Webmaster

    Its not a pain if its contained in a rock, but yeah agree that it can be invasive. I would not recommend putting it in main island of the rockscape. The good thing is, once he is at my place he can take a look at different things and make a choice, I have orange digitata to grandis , that i can trim down. three, four different type of challice as well,
  20. muhli

    muhli Guest

    Completely agree with tankguy. Anything easy, is easy for a good reason, they'll become a PITA.

    The best looking while easy (hard to kill) would probably be a toadstool coral. Softy so not much light is required. Haven't done a water change in 1+ year and its still going. Don't follow in my footsteps though!

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