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Corals?

Hey all,
Does anyone have any suggestions of corals that would be good for a nano cube dx? Preferably that doesn't need extra feedings, are hardy, and aren't aggressive. I want to have mushrooms, zoanthids, and some pulsating xenia, and I read those can be pretty sensitive to stings from other corals. I know if you just keep them apart it isn't a problem, but with that small of a tank I am a little limited on what I can put where. Any personal favorites, first corals, etc that anyone wants to recommend?
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Re: Corals?

How many gallons is it?
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Sorry, it's the 12 gal. one.
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Re: Corals?

I'd stick with softies. A devils hand or finger coral might be nice. I'd stay away from Toadstools (they get too big and block light) and both SPS and LPS unless you upgrade lighting to MH.

Also, the more brightly colored the coral is, generally the more light it needs.
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Re: Corals?

Zooanthids, palythoas, mushrooms, xenia, star polyps, and some leather corals. Those are all really good corals to start with that will do well in your set-up without a whole lot of work. Is your tank cycled and running already? How much LR and substrate do you have in it?

When in doubt, do a water change.
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Re: Corals?

It is actually cycling right now, that's why I thought I'd figure out what corals I would put in it. There is about 2-3 inches of sand, and I'm not sure how much rock. I actually only have 1 pound of live rock right now, but it should seed the rest that isn't live. I'm sure there is at least 12 pounds, probably more.
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Re: Corals?

Sounds like a great start!

When in doubt, do a water change.
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yeah, I got the cube used with the dead rock, the sand, a heater, a hydrometer, and a bucket, all for $60. You know what was going through my head? "SOLD!! $$$$$$"
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Sounds like a good deal.



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Re: Corals?

I'd have to disagree with the leathers. They release toxins that can harm other corals. In such a small tank maybe stick to softies non-leather.

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Re: Corals?

I've always kept leathers in my nano and not run into problems, but I have activated carbon running all the time. I suppose my results may have been different without carbon

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It's interesting how two people can have a different experience, part of what makes the hobby interesting. I still like to air on the side careful myself but I like reading what works for others.
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Re: Corals?

Well, from what I've heard and seen a couple times, leathers could outgrow that tank fairly quickly, and I don't think that I have a place to put one anyway. I do also think that it is interesting that two different people can have a completely different experience with the same thing. I've heard that some people have xenia and they grow like weeds, but other people just can't keep them alive.
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Leathers definitely grow quickly and need to be fragged pretty often. I've always heard the same thing about xenia; mine grows like crazy but I know several prople who just can't keep them. Weird...would love to know what is so different about some peoples' tanks that makes it impossible to keep xenia alive.

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Something I read was saying that xenia might do better in a tank that doesn't have a protein skimmer, just because they absorb things in the water.
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Re: Corals?

You sound like you are going to do it right. You do need to add about 20lbs of live rock. That would be the next thing I would do. If you take your time and set it up right, you can get away without a protein skimmer. Your rock is your primary biological filter and with proper stocking and feeding may be all you need.
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Re: Corals?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have at least close to 20 pounds of rock. It isn't all live though, but the live stuff should seed the other stuff and it should come alive right? That is what I have read, but tell me if that is wrong.
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the live stuff should seed the other stuff and it should come alive right? That is what I have read, but tell me if that is wrong.
I believe so but it will take time. Also the rock you use needs must be a good quality porus rock to work well.
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Okay, thanks! I'm gonna try to figure out how to put some pictures on here later, and then you all can see my setup.
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