Adding HARD CORALS – Choosing LPS & SPS for Your Tank

Adding HARD CORALS - Choosing LPS & SPS for Your Tank



I'm mark Alyn mr. saltwater tank coming to on behalf of saltwater aquarium comm once you've mastered soft corals or you're in patient you decide that you want some hard corals they tend to put some hard corals into your reef now if you ask reefers what they think about hard corals you can hear responses like forget that those things don't even move or try it once it didn't go well or if you're like me you're gonna hear things like I love those things I'm addicted to them you can't have an opinion until you try it so when you're ready for some hard corals here's what you need to know remember for a hard coral reef tank building better flow better lighting better water chemistry then in the soft coral budget reef tank in the budget saltwater tank watch the budget reef series shows on lighting flow and chemistry so you're up to speed on what you need to know in those areas once you've got those things set it's time to pick some hard corals hard corals are broken down into two categories LPS and SPS which describe the size of their polyps large polyps stony corals called LPS have large polyps that are easily visible small polyps stony corals SPS are just that hard corals with small polyps sometimes these polyps are so small you can hardly see them with your naked eye as a general rule LPS are harder than SPS so if you're just waiting into the waters of hard corals start with LPS and then add on SPS if you're going all-in and get yourself some LPS and SPS corals here are my recommendations for great starter hard corals call australia corals better known as candy canes montipora Atossa Warhol Duncan's torches and hammers all these corals are great starter hard corals and all of them are in the hard coral budget reef tank I got all these corals from live aquarium and you can too these corals are all regularly available and they've been aquaculture that live Aquarius facilities once you pick your hardcore else it's almost time to get them in your tank first you need to acclimate them and dip them acclimating your hard corals is easily done by floating the clothes bag in your tank for 15 minutes removing the coral from the bag and placing it in a small container with the water that was in the bag with the coral it's easiest to drip acclimate your hard corals with a Dewback Lemaitre like hard trip acclimate our kit aim for a couple drip is a second out of the acclimate er and then set your timer for 15 minutes next inspect for pests the pests I'm most concerned about for hard corals are red bugs montipora eighty new banks and Acropora new flat worms once you've acclimated to dip your hard falls if you don't know how to dip your hard coral watch the dippy coral episode in the budget reef tank series once your hard corals are acclimated and dipped place them in your tank following these guidelines LPS corals like candy canes need decent flow but not heavy enough flow that they're getting beaten up SPS like the most flow in the most light near the top of your rock work is very likely the best place for these corals curious about how to place your corals and your raw parts such that they don't fall off I'll cover that topic and more in the next episode once you've got your hard corals near tank don't forget about water chemistry you want to keep your nutrients low and as your hard corals grow they're gonna use about plenty calcium magnesium when those alkalinity calcium magnesium levels drop you're gonna want to do a 25% or better water change to bring them back in line now in time your curl is gonna get so big and they're gonna use so much of alkalinity calcium magnesium that you're gonna mean your supplement but you don't need to worry about that just yet for now water changes will get the job done and when it's come time to supplement that means you're doing a great job that means your corals are growing really well that bridge when we get there I'm mark Kelly mr. saltwater tank coming to you on behalf of saw Lauren calm I'll catch you in the next episode

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