11-16-2010, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by denrgb
Thanks for the tip Reef! Our Q-tank is cycled and I'm working on a DIY frag rack. I might keep them in there (I have some great lighting on that tank) for a bit. We'll see what turns up. I'm new to all of this, so we are both learning. Anyone have any good tips on coral food? We are going to get all types of corals (Acros, Acans, LPS, Zoa's, Mushrooms, Leathers, etc.) Don't want them to die, so we're going to be reading a lot more on this (besides our 3 mags we subscribed to, our reading, and our talking to our 4-5 different LFSs we have here...Yeah we have the bug). We're thinking frag tank next year.
I heard Rod's coral food is amazing cause it feeds everything in your tank. I just don't know how that works yet, and I know I wont have a fish in the Q till mid to late Dec. which around that time I'd like to add some Inverts to the DT.
Ok, heres a some brief info on the corals you are choosing. SPS require extreme lighting, lps mid and softies (mushrooms leathers) low lighting. Sps require high water quality where lps and softies require rather dirtier water. In saying all this it's still possible to keep all, however you will have little wiggle room for error. Sps require NO food to the tank other than fish feeding and fish pooping, lps and mushrooms will typically require food. The trick is to feed the lps/softies enough food and then have a skimmer big enough to pull all the food out before it breaks down causing bad low water quality. You can see where small wiggle room comes from. SPS require a tighter water chemistry where lps and softies is more relaxed. Corals are more sensitive to a tank cycling than fish, so give the tank more time to mature before adding corals too.