Adding corals to new tank?

Discussion in 'Coral' started by Blarghensplargh, May 11, 2014.

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  1. Blarghensplargh

    Blarghensplargh Astrea Snail

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    My tank has been running for a bit over a month and just finished cycling less than two weeks ago. On my 60g cube I'm running a gen 1 radion, two mp10s, an oversized reef octopus protein skimmer, and a media reactor with carbon. All I have in there is a yellow hogfish and some snails and nitrates are less than 2 ppm. I have kept corals before and had poor long term success due to a lack of stability and testing (mistakes I will not make with this tank, it's a learning process), but I have experience nonetheless and know what zoas, lps, and easier sps corals seem to like and dislike. I want to place an order from East Pacific Aquaculture but to justify the shipping charges I'd like to buy at least 7 or 8 small frags. Is there any good reason to wait? Everything in the tank has gone well so far.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The amount of coral you introduce at one time really makes no difference. Corals are not going to contribute to the bio-load.

    IMO you should start with easy soft corals, zoanthids/palys or mushroom, and not proceed to expensive lps and sps until the tank has run for 2-3 more months. If it were me I would stick with some easy soft corals.

    After looking at their site, they have zoanthids, mushrooms and soft corals that should be fine. I would be hesitant to proceed to LPS like Acans, Favia or Chalice in such a young tank, but if you do get a couple of easier LPS just make sure to monitor and manage as indicated Ca/Alk and Magnesium.
     
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    Reefbuilder Scooter Blennie

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    I agree - i jumped a little early and picked up some nice corals - that unfortunately did not do well. Especially the Acro's. My Zoas and Palys all doing very well.
     
  5. Blarghensplargh

    Blarghensplargh Astrea Snail

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    I have some salifert test kits for mag/ca/alk coming in on Thursday so I'll be monitoring those closely. How much calc/alk would 3-4 lps corals consume?
     
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    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably an insignificant amount initially, you will not need to dose. Simple water changes to maintain the basic 3 will get you by for many months. Just get some basic numbers and monitor for depletion.