My First Tank

Jpeg08

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Hi all,
I wanted to share my progress from the summer when I was first putting together my 20g tank. I got an AIO back in the summer and started a cycle up in August. Got my first clown in October and it has been steadily growing ever since.

I currently have a clown, Midas blenny, yellow wrasse, striped blenny, a cleaner shrimp, and various CUC. It picked up my first batch of coral these last few weeks. That was really awesome! GSP, torch, zoa, mushroom, and Xenia.

I think I am maxed out now in terms of fish and am enjoying getting the coral going.
MY LFS has been great in helping me along the way.

A few questions for all my mentors here.

How much is too much when it comes to coral? Is it like fish where you max out at some point? I would love to grow a variety of them (definitely the beginner sort).

I couldn?t get my torch or mushroom off the post so I left it on there. Total newb move I am sure. Any tips on getting these guys off without completely killing them? Do I even need to?

I am trying to identify the actual names of the zoa and the darker purple Xenia if anyone can help out there. Pics are below.

I am so happy with my tank and this new hobby. I am even looking forward to reef-a-palooza in the summer.

Thanks all!
 

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Timbo

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Looks like you are doing it right. Slow and steady wins the race in this hobby. All is looking good, clean, and healthy.
 

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Looks good so far. For taking the corals off the plugs. I wouldn?t for a mushroom because it?s hard to reattach. You can just clip the stem part off the plug with wire cutters/ saw. The torch you can leave on or just use some type of knife to cut where it?s glued onto the frag plug. You can use super glue gel to glue the corals onto the rocks
 

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I have always added a few coral at a time similar to fish. Make sure your system doesn?t have any negative impact and keep adding a few at a time until you get to where you want to be. Weekly water changes has always worked well for me. Sometimes I let it go two weeks if all is looking healthy and thriving. I tend to over stock and over feed so I like to keep up on water changes.
 

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Looks good so far. For taking the corals off the plugs. I wouldn?t for a mushroom because it?s hard to reattach. You can just clip the stem part off the plug with wire cutters/ saw. The torch you can leave on or just use some type of knife to cut where it?s glued onto the frag plug. You can use super glue gel to glue the corals onto the rocks
Thanks grsfish!
 

Jpeg08

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I have always added a few coral at a time similar to fish. Make sure your system doesn?t have any negative impact and keep adding a few at a time until you get to where you want to be. Weekly water changes has always worked well for me. Sometimes I let it go two weeks if all is looking healthy and thriving. I tend to over stock and over feed so I like to keep up on water changes.
hey timbo, you have any suggestions for a coral that will grow upward? beginner level.
thanks
 

Timbo

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Colt coral & Sinularia both grow like trees and are good beginner corals. I enjoy the way they move with the current. Just make sure to give them space because they are quick growers.
 

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