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Hadstuff 07-17-2012 07:49 PM

do Corals need T-5 lighting?
when i went to buy some live rock, there was a Coral on it, i asked em to take it off, but they said, just take it with you, its free.... I said ok out of impulse, and then realized.... i dont have the T-5 Lighting!!! its a 10 gallon nano aquarium with T-8 ( standard aquarium lighting) , and the coral ( which i dont even know the name of) has many little "hands" that make fists trying to catch particles floating around. I was never planning on a Reef tank till a year or two of experience, but yea... i just want to know if the coral would die or not... and if it wont, are there other corals that can stay within T-8 lighting range?

Hadstuff 07-17-2012 08:02 PM

OK, i figured out the name of the coral, its a Waving hand coral

Reefing Madness 07-17-2012 09:07 PM

Id wait til yousee what happens to the Hand Coral first. I dont think T-8 will cut it though. Power compacts will do the trick in a 10 though.

Hadstuff 07-17-2012 11:03 PM

also, is it normal for its arms to have shortened, and its fingers to sort of make fists?

Reefing Madness 07-18-2012 12:33 AM


Originally Posted by Hadstuff (Post 1160139)
also, is it normal for its arms to have shortened, and its fingers to sort of make fists?

From time to time, yes, they will do that. Sometimes for days at a time. But should show some signs of life alittle at a time. Also on a side note, thats a more difficult coral to keep if it is indeed a Waving Hand Coral. Needs high lighting, so I would suggest a Power Compact for a minimum light for your tank. Needs good amount of flow also.

Hadstuff 07-18-2012 11:38 AM

it actually didnt like the amount of light i gave it, i put it closer to the surface (thats where more flow and light is) and he just fisted up, and almost looked dead, and when i put him lower with a bit less flow, hes opened up.. i guess ill just wait a week and see what happens in the mean time, ill probably have to save up more money for beter lighting.. and heres a picture of it..this is a pic i got from google btw, mine is much smaller than this..

Reefing Madness 07-18-2012 06:26 PM

Very nice. Guess you never know about corals, some of these lil buggers can be really finicky.

Hadstuff 07-18-2012 09:17 PM

another question.
As you probably guessed, im brand new to Salt water, and wanted to go the cheapest route, so i have a question about Aquarium Cycling. My freshwater Aquariums have always instant cycled, meaning, as soon as i put water in, i can add fish with absolutley no problems. I have a Test kit for my saltwater, and it has been saying nitrites, and nitrates are at 0, with nitrates sometimes showing 10, or lower. would this mean it already cycled?

Also, i added some Krill ( non frozen ) into the tank, just to see the aquariums reaction, and, nothing seemed to change, however, i added it just today, so ill check tommorrow and see what happens. Im new to Saltwater Cycling, and even kinda new to Freshwater, since ive never really cycled it, and all my fish have lived at minimum 2 years excluding Ich which happens rarely

Filters i have are 30 gallon Marineland bio-wheel, and an Aqueon 10 gallon quietflow. and the Sand i used was Carib Sea Arag Alive, which said i could add invertebrae immediatley, and add fish within the first 3 weeks... Ive been researching saltwater for over 2 weeks, but still everyday im finding out new things, and killing old ideas i read about. but anyways, i just want to know, if my Aquarium could have possibly cycled in 3 days

Reefing Madness 07-18-2012 09:39 PM

No, your aquarium is not cycled in only 3 days. Only way that is going to happen is if you've used Fully Cured Live Rock. And most LFS screw that up. As far as inverts after 3 days, I woudn't do it in my tank, Ammonia and Nitrites will kill them. Did you test for Ammonia? And if your tnak hasn't cycled yet, that coral you have is more than lilkey going to have a problem.
Also, after a few months, those filters you are using are going to turn into Nitrate factories and cause you isses. just a heads up.
How much Live Rock do you have in the tank?
Do you have any other powerheads for water movement than the filters?

Hadstuff 07-18-2012 09:58 PM

i asked the guy to give me live rock form their established tank :P it was quite a fun fight actually, the manqaager said give it at the same price, and another worker said bump up the price to like 9 buck a pound... thats how i got the coral on my LR, the rock is purely pink, with a bit of green, its got a small bristle worm, and one of those small anemones, cant remember the name, but they are considered more of a pest

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