in at the deep end ?

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good morning.
set my first tank up on sunday, a fluval sea 52ltr with I piece of small live rock with growth on it to get me started and already feeling out my depth , have absolutely no idea what soft corals (if they are ?) are growing on it but hope to learn that in the next few days hopefully some one may be able to help with attached photos white and blue light as im not to sure where to start but I guess we all start somewhere
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Reply #1

Hi Mate,

I don’t claim to be a coral expert, i primarily keep soft corals...

I would suggest you have a couple of Zoa Polyps, and some Green Ricordea Mushrooms..

Good luck with the tank and remember knowledge is power!!


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thanks for that its way more than id worked out for myself with the mushrooms especially, the polyps came of the larger piece in transporting just to left of pic , missed attaching full photo of that bit, hoping to attach to rock I get next week.
at least I have an idea of what im dealing with now .

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No problem,

Someone with more experience may identify them differently but to me I’d go with that!

The green wirey stuff and the red leafs look like a macro algae to me, if that is the case they are fantastic for reducing excess nutrients, though tend to be kept away from the display tank, they would normally be run in a sump or rear chamber under sufficient lighting, once they take a hold they can grow like a wildfire suffocating corals etc!

Once you have a 100 percent ID on them if macro algae i would personally consider removing it if your looking to keep soft corals


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Ah ok .it came from maidenheads large flat rock tank so similar to what you describe . Im planning on getting .snails ,hermit crabs possibly shrimp and 1 reef safe fish eventually over 3 to 4 months so will keep an eye on how the algae spreads now its in a well lit tank once other rock is added

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