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PostSubject: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime3/29/2010, 11:43 am

I amsetting up my first salt water aquarium and I have come to sort or a stand still as far as planned inhabitants. At first I thought that a fowlr setup would be best but then I started considering fish disease and things like that. Then I started thinking about corals. I like them a lot but I sort of lack the resources and experience to really get too in depth with coral keeping. The tank I have picked out for my salt water setup is a 55-60 gallon ( not exactly sure) flat back hex tank. It has an internal filter box with a mesh filter in it ( I have never seen one before until I found this one). I have one power head in the mesh filter that pulls water through to give it the mechanical filtration. I also have a second power head in the tank to provide current flow. I just bought a coralife high output 36inch fixture with actinic abd daylight bulbs. I know this isn't the most powerful light but it fit the price range. I have filled the tank with water and I used a tropic Marin salt mix. I used my well water to fill although I have heard it is better to use ro water. That's pretty much where I stand now. Does anyone have any suggestions as far as corals or fish that I could keep using my current setup? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime3/29/2010, 11:55 am

do you have live sand and live rock goin on?
how long has ur tank been cycling?
also i would love to see pix of ur hex tank!
im starting a SW hex aswell:)
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime3/29/2010, 6:12 pm

Yeah I have about 40 pounds of live sand. I put it in when I mixed the water about 4 weeks ago. I just ordered about 45 pounds of live rock from Walt Smith through my local fish store. I have heard the drawback about ordering live rock but the price was better and I figured since the tank is empty I could sacrifice the extra cycle time. I am supposed to be getting the rock in on Thursday and I'm not exactly sure how much clean is enough. I read that you have to scrape off anything that has died during shipping but I really dont know if I will be able to tell the difference. I don't want to clean too much and get rid of all the good stuff. Any Ideas? I was thinking about getting some mushrooms and maybe some star polyps once I get the live rock cycling. I read that they have lower light requirements and are pretty hardy.


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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 3:00 pm

howd it go?
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 4:56 pm

Still a work in progress. I have added some stuff since I took those pictures. I got the rock and added a coralife 65 skimmer. Someone told me that the skimmers weren't that good but it was after I had bought it. It seems to be working good for now but I guess I'll just see how long it lasts. A few days after I got the rock I added 12 hermits, and emerald crab, and a blue damsel. I know this wasn't the best idea but I was anxious and my girlfriend was with me : ) The damsel died a few days later and about a week later the crab did, but the hermits are still kicking it. I added 12 initially and idk if I still have all of them because they are all over. I was ok with this initial death because I looked it as some biological stuff for the bacteria on the rock to actually break down. I let the hermits hang out for about 3 or 4 weeks and kept testing my water quality. Finally it looks like it cycled fully so I am ok to add fish. This past week I added some more sand and rearranged my rocks. On Friday I added an ehiem ecco filter for some added filtration. On Saturday I got two clowns. Hopefully I will have better luck with these : ) If they survive for a while I will try another. I talked to a guy at the pet store that has a watchman goby paired with a fire shrimp that he would sell me. I might get them if all goes well. I still need some equipment like a uv sterilizer and a power head and stuff. I also recently got a 29 gallon biocube that I plan on growing some corals and using as my QT tank when I get new fish.

How is your setup coming??


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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 5:19 pm

Nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 6:53 pm

Looking good! :)
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 6:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 7:02 pm

Thanks guys. I just need to get some corals growing and I'll actually look like I know what I'm doing : )
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/27/2010, 8:18 pm

i just started a salt tank my self so far so good it been uo for about 6 months and havent lost anything yet i think salt easier than fresh my self just my 2 cents
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/28/2010, 7:59 am

What all do you have in it? I'm still trying to decide what all I want to keep
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/28/2010, 8:12 am

nice!!!! lookin good bro!!
keep us updated on this!!!:)
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/28/2010, 9:47 am

Smicho2 wrote:
What all do you have in it? I'm still trying to decide what all I want to keep
i just have live sand live rock and sum inverts and a dragonet in it and a clown
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/28/2010, 9:56 am

nice!!!
dragonetts are baddass!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/28/2010, 10:01 am

I'm keeping zoas, mushrooms, kenya tree, and a frogspawn at the moment in my 29.
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime4/28/2010, 10:41 am

Cool! I have been wanting to get a mandarin dragonet but I wanted to get a good copepod colony going first. I was thinking I might buy a bottle of tigerpods soon and let them multiply for a while. I talked to a guy over the weekend that said he would sell a watchman goby paired with a Japanese fire shrimp for 30 bucks. I might get them but I haven't decided. I like the dwarf angels too. I was thinking eiter the coral beauty of the flame angel. I'm trying to only get reef safe fish because I want to get some mushrooms, zoas, and lps later on. I was thinking I would keep the 55 fish only for now and grow out the corals I want in my biocube. Then I can add them/frags to the 55 later.
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PostSubject: Re: Corals for beginners?   Corals for beginners? Icon_minitime7/25/2010, 11:25 pm

I liked reading all you have done and its inspiring me to do the same. Can you update us on your tank and maybe show some pictures?
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