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I just got coral and I want to find out what kind of coral it is and how to take care of it and etc. They are with 4 turbo snails, a hermit crab, a fire shrimp, and two black clownfish

The owner said one was leather coral
I also had a blue tang with ich who died three weeks ago and the black clownfish has a few white spots...
 

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I wish you luck. That tank should have been left fallow for quite a bit longer before introducing new fish to it after your last ich outreak. The one on the right is a leather coral. The center rock has on the left side some type of button polyps and on the right of it looks like maybe torch coral?? not sure on that last one.
 

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I wish you luck. That tank should have been left fallow for quite a bit longer before introducing new fish to it after your last ich outreak. The one on the right is a leather coral. The center rock has on the left side some type of button polyps and on the right of it looks like maybe torch coral?? not sure on that last one.
I agree with this. The button polyps and leather are obvious. I would say torch also on the one right of the buttons, and a closer picture might help us to verify that.

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Who told you that? I have read back through a few of the threads here and everyone was saying 6-8 weeks. Did the LFS tell you that?
 

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Was this a chain store or a mom and pop store? I'd stay away from the chain stores unless your just trying to save a few bucks on supplies and such and find a mom and pop you can trust for you fishes/corals..etc.

Petsmart/petco employees are mostly just people hired off the streets and have no more knowledge (and some less) than you or I or anyone who spends enough time in forums like these and educates themselves. I started my first SW tank back in October and have been in here almost daily from the beginning. It took me about a month to realize how clueless the people at the chain stores were and I never went to them for advice.

If you can find 2 or 3 lfs that are in business for themselves, you will hopefully find some you can trust and will help you out. I have 3 differant stores I frequent. All will give varying answers or opinions on things that I ask (just like in a forum). I use what I've learned to try and make an educated guess on which direction I go.

As an example, I asked all 3 lfs employees/owners the same question about target or broadcast feeding for my corals. LFS#1 said n"no need, don't do it. You'll just have problems with water issues from excess nutrients and have phospahte issues." LFS#2 said "do it. Your corals need the food to grow. Use these products". LFS#3 said "do it" but gave a differant list of producsts to use. I settled on a combo of #'s 2 and 3. I picked the combo of foods I thought would benefit my system the best.

I now use a combo of frozen mysis, reef gourmet and formula two. I mix a drop of garlic extreme (every other day), a drop of vit chem, about 8-10 drops of zooplanktos-s with some tank water and the other ingrediants and pour it back in the tank. I target feed some of my corals frozen table shrimp 1-2 times a week. So far no issues.

I know this was a bit longwinded but just wanted to hopefully encourage you to get away from the chains and get to a local lfs.
 

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Also, looking at your pic again, the big rock in the middle, I think the two corals on the right of it are tooth coral (galaxia). If they get hungry, they'll put out sweeper tentacles and will kill the zoa's or button polyp on the left (I'm not sure which they are but I lean towards button polyps)
 

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Much better pictures of the coral. The two on the same rock glow on a night light (blue light)
 
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