Bought my first piece of coral!!

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  1. Hoopastank

    Hoopastank Spaghetti Worm

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    I bought what I think is a candy cane coral from my LFS. Really cool 2 heads right now. The store suggest I get some dosing stuff to help with calcium and duct I was wondering everyone does as they add new LPS and such. Thanks!

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Caulastrea furcata, aka Candy Cane.

    I would invest in a Salifert or Red Sea Pro testing kit if you have none before even considering any supplemental products such as Calcium or buffers or mixed trace elements. You should not dose until you get some baseline Ca values for your system. Calcium between 350-450 will be fine. In a new tank range is not going to start drifting down for some time.

    Local fish store really encourage the use of dosing products, when not needed.

    Congratulations on your new coral. :)
     
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    Hoopastank Spaghetti Worm

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    Thank you Corraline! I really like it!
     
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  5. Va Reef

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    +1 on above.

    With LPS I like to start them in low light and medium to low flow.
     
  6. Hoopastank

    Hoopastank Spaghetti Worm

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    My AI is set to 16k what should I adjust that to?
     
  7. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    It's a fine spectrum, just start the coral at the bottom of the tank. Candy canes generally don't care too much for light.
     
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  9. Hoopastank

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    congratulations on your first coral! It looks nice! I'm sure this is the beginning of many more :)