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Old 09-21-2007, 08:59 AM   #1
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Starter Coral


I was wondering, what would be a good coral to start out with? My tank is 20 gallons and has been up for about a month and a half and I currently have 1 Scooter Dragonette, 2 Firefish, 2 Emerald Crabs, 1 Coral Banded Shrimp, and 4 Dwarf Blue-Leg Hermits living in it. I want to add something to give it some color in about 4 or 5 months and I would like to know what is relatively easy to keep? I like star polyps but I wasn't sure if they are easy to keep. Everything I have read says they are but I wanted someone else's opinion too. Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:04 AM   #2
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right now, only keep soft corals, Xenia, Star Polyps, Zoanthids (Toxic), Mushrooms, Leathers (Any) that sorta thing & nothing Non-Photosynthetic.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:13 AM   #3
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right now, only keep soft corals, Xenia, Star Polyps, Zoanthids (Toxic), Mushrooms, Leathers (Any) that sorta thing & nothing Non-Photosynthetic.
Sun coral also.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:15 AM   #4
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sun corals are non-photosynthetic
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Old 09-21-2007, 06:08 PM   #5
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Star Polyps are very easy keepers
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:33 AM   #6
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Star polyps are an excellent choice! Hardy, nice to look at, reproduce easily.

I have a special affinity for leather/toadstool corals. It was the first soft coral I ever purchased and I kept it for years and years until I moved. It grew nicely and even split at one point. They seem nearly bulletproof. Plus the thing was beautiful.

Personally, I would stay away from xenia until you have a bit more experience (and perhaps a larger tank).
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:36 AM   #7
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Yeah. I am planning on buying a 30 or 55 gallon tank sometime soon so I have more room for fish and inverts. I want too many for my 20 gallon tank.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:17 AM   #8
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Neon-green candycane (LPS) was one of the best and easiest corals for me. GSP, white Xenia, anthelia (big), green hairy mushroom (big), yellow polyps (keep them away from everything), and if you have a lot of light - bright red mushrooms.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:27 AM   #9
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try some xenia or mushrooms...they seem to be forgiving.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:27 AM   #10
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I would say really any soft coral or any of the ones listed above.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:46 AM   #11
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I will be in Kansas City, KS from 10/31 - 11/01

I have these for sale.
Let me know what you want and I'll bring it down with me.

1" Orange Montipora Digitata Coral - $20.00
1 1/2" Neon Pineapple Tree Coral - $20.00 (unmounted)
4 polyps - AOG Zoanthid - $50.00
7 polyps - Orange Delight Zoanthid - $20.00
5 polyps - Radioactive Dragon Eye Zoanthid $5.00
1 stalk - Pulsing Pink Xenia - $5.00
1 stalk - Pom Pom Xenia - $5.00
10+ stalks - Candy Cane Coral - $10.00 It's covered in algae and I just want to get rid of it.
1" - Kenya Tree Coral - $10.00
2 1/2" Ultra Crocea Clam - $50.00
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:47 AM   #12
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What local reef stores you guys recommend I should check out while I'm down there that's near Kansas City?
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Old 10-09-2007, 04:40 PM   #13
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Oh, I'll take the Radioactive Dragon Eye Zoanthid and the Kenya Tree Coral. As far as fish stores: check this out http://www.salt-city.org/showthread.php?t=1497
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:59 PM   #14
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What kind of lighting do you have and how long has your tank been running?
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:28 PM   #15
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I have PC's right now but I am buying a 4 bulb T5 fixture from a lady in Kansas City. The tank has been up for about 3 months.
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