When to add corals?

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  1. VPBassist

    VPBassist Bristle Worm

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    I have a 40b tank with 50lbs of dry rock and 25lbs of play sand. I have a Coralife Super Skimmer 65 and 2 Aqueon 500gph pumps making a total of 1350gph in the tank. I have the tank at 80 degees and a salinity of 1.024.

    I know, fish-wise, I want two false-percula clowns and I was thinking about an orchid dottyback and a cherub angelfish or a flame angelfish but those aren't set in stone yet.

    For corals, my dream would be to have pulsing xenia, birdsnest, green slimer acro, a war or open brain coral, and hammer coral. I would also like to add either a bubbletip anenome or a colorful mini-carpet.
     
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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    I am of the belief that you can add most soft corals and some lps to a newly cycled tank as long as you do routine water changes and watch the typical basic levels.

    For sps I would wait until you see a good sustained growth of coralline algae, may happen in 3 months may happen in 6 months. You need consistent parameters over ideal parameters IME and IMO.

    Lastly decide what type of corals you favor at this point, do not try to mix a bunch of different corals types cultivated or harvested from a bunch of different geographical areas. It may work out just fine, but it is harder to balance in the long run.
     
  4. xpand

    xpand Flamingo Tongue

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    I like the way you think! My thought is that If the coraline algae is already spreading and others I have talked to are in 9 to 14 months with no Coralline developing. Other than one Anemone moving under a rock when the lights come on. They both seem to be doing great! So far that is.