Adding first corals

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So I want to start thinking about getting some corals in my tank. I only have t5s so nothing demanding and its only relatively new. My parameters have been stable for a few weeks now so need to start planning what to get in. Any suggestions?

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Well what do you fancy? Any leather coral or mushroom . Cabbage coral, Kenyan Tree coral . Ricordias ,Discosoma or Rhodactis. All very good tempered.
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Mushrooms are very Hardy.  Leathers are too . Soft corals are normally the hardiest

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As I'm not going to be able to change the tank too much due to space unless we move according to she who must be obeyed :D I want something that has some movement and fairly bright colour.

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Reply #4

On the lps side, Duncan's, hammer or frogspawn but avoid torch if it's a new system as there not as forgiving as the others


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Reply #5

As above

But some soft corals can take over a tank find some pictures of what you would like it to look like and we can advise.

Speaking of torches my torch just battered one of my small acans hopefully it will recover and to add to above torches are aggressive haha

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Reply #6

So I was hoping to add something like this

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Reply #7

green polyp toadstool leather coral :) good choice ( don't expect it to be as bright as that though ). I managed to kill one of mine, but then the devils finger coral ( lobophytum ) seems fine and also has green polyps, just not as green!
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Ive got a little baby Sarcophyton mushroom with green wavy polyps and a leather finger with big blue ones. Also seen below a green Rhodactis,reproduce by division.
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I would go for a Kenyan tree they like flow and a variety of lighting, I have put one in mine and it looks lovely just waving in the flow. My mushrooms look really good in the light, don't think you can go wrong with them, and the Xenia is creating a nice carpet of green over the back of the rockwork. I had a Green Hystrix which looked smashing but I think the coral Beauty may have seen to that. Definitely stay clear of a torch unless you have a large tank.
I think my mushroom is relocating himself, though have tried to find out if they do this. He appears to be attaching himself to rocks higher up and dropping the lower part of his stem.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.

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Reply #10

Finger leathers, long polyp toadstools, Kenya trees, green star polyps, zoanthids (zoas), mushrooms are all hard softies.

I've found branching hammers, branching frogspawns, torches, candy canes, to be hardy LPS.  They like moderate flow, but def not high flow.

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Discosoma Rodactis etc stretch and pull themselves apart,they also like nems leg it round the tank if they feel like it.
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Discosoma Rodactis etc stretch and pull themselves apart,they also like nems leg it round the tank if they feel like it.
That's seems to be what he is doing, what about toadstools, do they do the same?
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Well the only ones ive seen divide were a group of four fairly small ones, it started with a hole down the middle of one which became a cleft and then a split and division.
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Reply #14

Thanks all. I'll have a look and see what I can find. My tank is not that big so I don't want something that is going to overtake everything. In my head I kind of imagined getting 3/4 good specimens and go from there. Eventually I would like to get a nem

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