Discussion in 'NPS Corals' started by leighton1245, May 26, 2011.
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Is there any coral that can be kept without any kind of light?
NPS maybe? Sun corals, Dendro's, Gorgonians. There is a longer list at azoox.org.
NPS coral can go with little to no light but many of them are extremely difficult to care for.
Yeap both of the previous posters are correct. They will require feeding by hand,though I've heard on mature systems running no skimmer with large algae scrubbers ocasional feeding is required as oppsed to regular feedings
Also, most Gorgonians are Non-PhotoSynthetic. They require extremely heavy dosing though.
Most NPS corals are very difficult, if not impossible to keep. At a minimum, you will be dosing and hand feeding each polyp.
If you want to get your eye in on NPS, I would recommend getting a 3-5 polup frag of dendros and feeding them to see if its something you would do everyday.
The ones I'd say are easier to keep from the NPS are dendros and sun corals. They just require lots of feeding, and very good nutrient export. It's good to use a sun coral as a gauge of whether you really want to do this to yourself, as they have a good number of polyps and wills how you fairly quickly if you're not keeping up with their needs.
i would not go that route, they are very hard to care for you need to target feed all the polyps.
The sun coral route isnt a bad idea. Look at like Maryland Corals for Sale | Saltwater Fish | Inverts | Reef | Clams and some of the other frag selling sponsors and you can find some of the small $10-$20 frags with only a few heads. I hate to recommend the trial & error route on any living thing coral included but with a smaller frag you can learn to better care for them on a cheaper level, and if things go south it isnt a huge financial loss.
Sun corals are a good way to go, I target feed mine by putting a frozen cube of brine shrimp in a see thru shallow lil dish, Like a glass condiment cup, U have to be fast flip it upside down and right over ur sun coral. Make sure to leave a lil crack so current will still get under and move the water around. Once it starts to defrost shrimp will fall and ur sun will go crazy. So much easier than hand feeding each head. Its what i do anyway. Im not saying its the right way its just the way ive found the best to feed mine. My mom has a bigger one and does the same thing with a lil bigger cup.
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