My first corals

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Hoping to get your inputs on my thoughts of first corals:
I’m thinking about getting:
Euphyllia
Bubble coral
Pulsing Xenia

I’ve probably not called the the right things... correct me if needed!!!

I’m planning on dosing Microbe Lift All-In-One to keep them happy.
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How mature is your tank/ how long has it been set up?


Xenia is definitely a good choice. I would suggest you might want to hold off on Euphyllia initially (at least until you know the tank can handle other corals ok - could be an expensive mistake if not!)


In general soft corals are a good option to start - things like zoas, kenyas etc

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In general soft corals are a good option to start - things like zoas, kenyas etc

Yep, just bear in mind that when the tank is established they will outgrow more difficult/fancier stuff...
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Agree with both [mention]mightyhatter [/mention] and [mention]ajm83 [/mention]that Xenia is a great starter. Once established it can be like weed and take over, so keep an eye on. GSP (green star polyp) can be the same. I have some of both growing against the glass

Euphyllia (not sure about spelling) are LPS corals. Harder to keep them softies but should be easier and less light demanding than SPS. I would wait until your tank is 3-6mo before trying LPS. You may also like goniopora. There are some varieties with long tentacles that give a nice wavey feel. But hammers and torches will too. I understand that branching varieties are hard to keep though.


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Thanks everyone - I was also in the same space of waiting re the Euphyllia. I won’t be adding anything just yet - still cycling the tank (have changed my forum name from Marty McFly) just getting my plans in place! Will start with Xenia.  How do you ‘trim’ if if required at a later date?
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Thanks everyone - I was also in the same space of waiting re the Euphyllia. I won’t be adding anything just yet - still cycling the tank (have changed my forum name from Marty McFly) just getting my plans in place! Will start with Xenia.  How do you ‘trim’ if if required at a later date?

Just cut it near the base of a branch,  if you want to mount the frags (cuttings) you'll probably need to stab a bit of fishing line or thread through it and tie it to a little piece of rock. Xenia and a lot of softies like mushrooms will just slime superglue off.
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Just cut it near the base of a branch,  if you want to mount the frags (cuttings) you'll probably need to stab a bit of fishing line or thread through it and tie it to a little piece of rock. Xenia and a lot of softies like mushrooms will just slime superglue off.
Or you can leave the cut frags on some small rocks and they attach themselves. This needs to be done in absence of flow, so a small container or so


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As said, Xenia will take over given half a chance, but it does look great espicially if you have your flow set up nice, but I wouldn't add personally (experience based)

the other corals are large stony types, those can move around to suit their needs, so placement is key (once your tank is mature enough), also some have stinger tentacles, which may harm the small fish you intend on keeping.

with regards to using an "all in one dose" for your levels, I would avoid if you can, different corals will absorb elements at different rates, this will un-balance your system, this is why (when keeping corals) you test frequently and add the necessary element to maintain consistancy.

if you want colour\impact and have some movement I'd suggest green (or purple) star polyps (GSP), mushrooms, Ricordeas, maybe Zoas.
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with regards to using an "all in one dose" for your levels, I would avoid if you can, different corals will absorb elements at different rates, this will un-balance your system, this is why (when keeping corals) you test frequently and add the necessary element to maintain consistancy.

if you want colour\impact and have some movement I'd suggest green (or purple) star polyps (GSP), mushrooms, Ricordeas, maybe Zoas.


Yep, good point by T-Bone,  that product has calcium and strontium in it so will definitely cause the levels of those things to rise if you don't have stony corals (softies don't really use those in any great amount).
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Thanks again everyone - Will my macroalgae not utilise the calcium and strontium?
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Macro algae takes up mostly nitrate and phosphate ,except Halimeda  that loves Calcium.

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Ok thanks, so what coral food would you guys recommend? Or is it more the case that I don’t need coral food (I’ve been reading that online too!) the internet is great but soo many conflicting articles it’s so confusing  :scared:

I’m starting to understand coral now though - I feel like it going to be a long journey but the foundations are forming now! I’m so confident in my freshwater plant knowledge I’m definitely feeling out of my comfort zone right now!!
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IMO soft corals dont need food ,they get all they need via photosynthesis thru their symbiotic algae ,thats the cause of the mostly brown colouration. You will find some things like Dendrobians do require feeding and are quite difficult to keep ,they are very bright and normally hang around at deeper levels or under ledges.
LPS corals are possibly the ones that need feeding more than any other and can be fed directly with a long pipette ,theres a variety of products available .
SPS I only ever supplemented with evil snake juice ,I used  Korallin Zucht , you basically run an ultra low nutrient system and supply everything via Korallin ,this results in colourful corals ( due to absence of symbiotic algae) that are reliant on the supplements. Thats what I did,but its certainly not the only way .
Yes everybody does seem to do it differently . Thats just how I do it ,you can mix and match to suit .

Forgot nems,feed a small piece of lance fish direct to the mouth once a week.

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