10 easy to keep reef tank corals for biginners

Each coral pictued, is the most common colour and variety of that coral. Many of the corals listed will come in many different colours, or slightly different forms. Often the more unusual colours the more expensive a coral will be!!. The Leaf coral is also known as Povona caral. Reef Tank Water Parameters: Ammonia (NH4/3): 0.1 or below. Levels should be near zero or almost undetectable. Nitrite (N03): No evidence shows that Nitrite affects marine life.If have low Ammonia them you should have low nitrite. Testing nitrite is only important when cycling live rock to see if you are at the end of the cycle and all the nitrite has turned to nitrate. Nitrate (NO3): 20ppm or below for soft corals and some L.P.S corals. 0.5ppm or below for all S.P.S corals, and invertebrates like clams, star fish, and shrimp. Phosphates (PO4): Phosphates should be below 0.03 to stop hair algae from growing. A Salifert test kit should show no sign of blue. If you are cleaning a film of algae of your glass every week, then you have just enough undetectable levles!! Sea water is 0.005. Salinity: 1.024 - 1.025 (34 - 35 ppt) Temperature 24-28.c (76-82f.) Carbonate (alkalinity): 7-12 D.K.H. Try not to raise carbonate by more than 1 D.K.H per day from a given starting level. (0.5 is even better). Calcium: (Ca): 380-450ppm. Try not to raise more than 20 ppm per day From a given starting level. (10ppm is better). Magnesium (Mg): 1200-1400. never raise more than 60ppm per day. P.H: 7.9-8.3. It will naturally fall and rise through out the day. See video on water chemistry. (reef tank build part 10) Iodine: Testing is difficult. (See video on don't overdose iodine). 0.06ppm total iodine made up of 0.02 Iodide, and 0.04 iodate. A weekly 5% water change will keep levels up. so no Need to dose. Trace elements: Testing is difficult!!. A weekly 5% water change will keep levels up! Happy Reefing!!.

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Each coral pictued, is the most common colour and variety of that coral. Many of the corals listed will come in many different colours, or slightly different forms. Often the more unusual colours the more expensive a coral will be!!. The Leaf coral is also known as Povona caral. Reef Tank Water Parameters: Ammonia (NH4/3): 0.1 or below. Levels should be near zero or almost undetectable. Nitrite (N03): No evidence shows that Nitrite affects marine life.If have low Ammonia them you should have low nitrite. Testing nitrite is only important when cycling live rock to see if you are at the end of the cycle and all the nitrite has turned to nitrate. Nitrate (NO3): 20ppm or below for soft corals and some L.P.S corals. 0.5ppm or below for all S.P.S corals, and invertebrates like clams, star fish, and shrimp. Phosphates (PO4): Phosphates should be below 0.03 to stop hair algae from growing. A Salifert test kit should show no sign of blue. If you are cleaning a film of algae of your glass every week, then you have just enough undetectable levles!! Sea water is 0.005. Salinity: 1.024 - 1.025 (34 - 35 ppt) Temperature 24-28.c (76-82f.) Carbonate (alkalinity): 7-12 D.K.H. Try not to raise carbonate by more than 1 D.K.H per day from a given starting level. (0.5 is even better). Calcium: (Ca): 380-450ppm. Try not to raise more than 20 ppm per day From a given starting level. (10ppm is better). Magnesium (Mg): 1200-1400. never raise more than 60ppm per day. P.H: 7.9-8.3. It will naturally fall and rise through out the day. See video on water chemistry. (reef tank build part 10) Iodine: Testing is difficult. (See video on don't overdose iodine). 0.06ppm total iodine made up of 0.02 Iodide, and 0.04 iodate. A weekly 5% water change will keep levels up. so no Need to dose. Trace elements: Testing is difficult!!. A weekly 5% water change will keep levels up! Happy Reefing!!.

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George Arias
George Arias - 2 years ago
I still don't understand the classification of corals, sps, lps, hard, soft polibs, etc, etc :-(
chuckschilling
chuckschilling - 3 years ago
Just say NO to xenia. They overtake your tank and are the devil to remove. And contrary to what is said above, they WILL grow on your substrate - even on sugar sand.

Green star polyps are NOT hard to remove - they can be removed easily with a blade - they create their own home - a thickish purple rubbery mat which can be cut and removed at your convenience. The mat clings to rock but is not difficult to pull away.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 3 years ago
Yes xenia can grow on your sand. If they do, they are very easy to remove (If you don't mind losing a bit of sand). Yes Xenia can over take your tank and be difficult to remove. I did point this out. If you need to remove Xenia, just cut it of at the base. Cover the base of the stem, with a thin layer of reef safe modelling clay for a few days, to stop it growing back. Yes green star polyps can be removed in a mat, but you always end up leaving some behind, and it can be quite messy. Don't get so worked up about things!!,
Marcus Bedeau
Marcus Bedeau - 3 years ago
nice vid looking forward to start my reef tank. by the way you skipped number 9
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 3 years ago
Thank you.  Number 3 is 2 corals, so there are 10 corals. I should have named number 3, 3and4.
vertfreak09
vertfreak09 - 4 years ago
Spelling error in title
MrKilluuuu
MrKilluuuu - 4 years ago
Yea they are also pest of teh aquarium all will grow out of control after a while and good luck its a day to day battle to keep them under control
Nick French
Nick French - 4 years ago
Thanks for the great video, I found it really helpful.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 4 years ago
+Nick French Thanks.
alianisz
alianisz - 4 years ago
Whats the name of this soundtrack ?
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 4 years ago
+alianisz reasons to smile by Thpher Moha and Alex Elen
Matthew Salter
Matthew Salter - 4 years ago
+Lucia Boros Think it was better with the fast text as you could pause and go at your own pace.
Tuneless Steak
Tuneless Steak - 4 years ago
Ever heard of pausing?

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TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
+Lucia Boros Sorry I can't please every one.
Vee P
Vee P - 5 years ago
i got some xenia recently and it died :( idk what happened, it was suposed to be an easy coral !!! :(
Vee P
Vee P - 5 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc. thanks for the reply, yea maybe my water is clean they told me i had very lil to no nitrates and maybe the ligthing was also too much maybe
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
+Vianey Posada  It is very hard for me to say what went wrong. Even if I saw your set up, it would be hard. Some corals die for no real reason. Xenia normally sucks a lot of organic waste out of the water, so if your water is very clean, then it won't grow. To much light can also be a problem. Mine used to grow like anything. Then it stopped growing for a year, now it going whiled again.
Yup it’s me Mikey
Yup it’s me Mikey - 5 years ago
Do soft coral need any dosing ?
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
They do not need dosing of calcium and carbonate, like hard corals do. They use trace elements like potassium and iodine. A weekly 5% water change will replace these. See my video how to build a reef tank part 3.
c lg
c lg - 5 years ago
k you so much for posting this video! It was very helpful to me and I think may have helped me to solve some of my issues
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
+c lg Thank you.
paul cadwallder
paul cadwallder - 5 years ago
Please Buy a DICTIONARY !!!!
c lg
c lg - 5 years ago
+paul cadwallder you are rude
playboy3468
playboy3468 - 5 years ago
great video.  i want to get the reef area of the hobby and this video taught me some stuff i didn't know about what i need to keep as a beginner.
BOMA BONGILLI
BOMA BONGILLI - 5 years ago
Please I would like to know more on the water parameters needed for the corals growth and how I can get corals.  Bomabongilli@gmail.com 
BOMA BONGILLI
BOMA BONGILLI - 5 years ago
Ok
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
There are lots of stores in the U.K like charter house aquatics, and lots in the U.S like live aqua, or Bulk Reef Supply!!!. They would send dry goods, but not shop live stock out of the country. You need some where in Nigeria.
BOMA BONGILLI
BOMA BONGILLI - 5 years ago
Was hoping you could link me up to a store I can buy from
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
If you have no local fish store selling corals, or no mail order in Nigeria, then I can't help.
BOMA BONGILLI
BOMA BONGILLI - 5 years ago
I have not seen any store in Nigeria selling it, trust me I have searched. I want to work on them as my project in school, I can not even get the salts, please mail me if possible send your phone number so I can call you, I need this work for my degree please
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
I have a 15 part series on how to set up a reef tank. Part 3 gives the basics on keeping corals. Part 10 is water chemistry Part 11 is dosing calcium and carbonate. Part 14 is reef tank water parameters. I also have a vid 10 more easy to keep corals. You can by corals on line, from live aqua, and others companies around the world. A good local fish store should also stock corals. 
Prithviraj Jaidevraj
Prithviraj Jaidevraj - 5 years ago
by far the best coral advice vid for beginner. Thank you so much. it covered the easy of handling,lighting and placement. 90% of the vid's out there don't cover the placement of the corals and the proximity to other coral, which is covered in ur vd. thanks mate. 
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Glad I was helpful.
Daveyboy
Daveyboy - 5 years ago
Great video to the point and no bs,, I'm better than you stuff..thanks
SantaMonicaHelp Assistant
SantaMonicaHelp Assistant - 5 years ago
Which one is your favorite one?
SantaMonicaHelp Assistant
SantaMonicaHelp Assistant - 5 years ago
haha very cool. Thanks :)
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Candy cane. it was the first hard coral I got, and I like the flourescent green. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no!! is green kryptonite candy cane.

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Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
thanks for making this vid! it has made me reconsider how much light I may need for the reef tank I will be setting up, I was originally was gonna get the '48LEDs Aquarium Fish Tank LED Clip Light Lamp Coral Reef Lighting & Plug' which has 36 leds white and 12 blue but the power was 1.5w! so I will get two instead for my 5.5 gallon (25 litre) reef tank.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
oh, ok, thanks, I used to do that, I'll do that again xD
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
+The fox gamer you need about 20 times your tank volume in flow per hour.
if your flow is to strong don't point directly at the corals, point it at the glass to soften the flow.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
okay, and thanks! seems my zoanthid just now decided to annoy me and detach lower down, because of the current it had.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Adding any kind of supplement can be bad, It is very easy to over dose. To much iodine could be bad for all life.
It could be any one of 20 things why your monti is not doing so well.
Calcium should be 380-450
alkalinity should be 7-11 dkh
magnesium should be 1260-1350
p.h 7.8-8.4
temp 25-28
phosphates 0.03 or below.
nitrates 1ppm or below.
Corals eat dissolved organic waste, which enters your tank from any food waste, so you should not need to add any supplememts. 
Glad to hear you tank is up and running, and your zoas are spreading. Try something like a Duncan.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc. hi, sorry for the very late reply, I got a 25w LED light and a bit of live rock at the beggining of this year, and ended up stocking my tank with a pink brittlestar (doing very well) and 5 dwarf blue legged crabs (I did have this red crab but the crab food for it was not very healthy, and I over fed it, but it wasnt reef safe, anyway). It took around 7 months afterwards to get my first two corals, which were unfortunately sps corals, an acoropra and montipora, they were okay, but then the heating failed, and only the montipora survived. Then, last week i got a zoanthid, which is spreading very well, and is very happy with my tank,. The only problem is, is that my montipora does not seem happy, its slowly recovering, but its a very light pink in colour, and two/three days ago I put some supplements for it in the tank and it hasnt changed. This may be because of the carbon sponge I have in there (my filter broke, but luckily I have a pump for circulation, and I put a carbon sponge in there) but its been in there for about a month so most likely it doesnt work properly and is more like a biological filter (apparently that happens when they expire, but they still work, but as just biological filters) and its something else, probably the wrong supplement (even though I put a good amount of trace elements in like iodine) or its still recovering. also I cut out a transparent plastic cap to put over the tank, and it loses very little water.


so I'm not sure what is the problem with the montipora :/
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
No the lights would not act like a lid. They would be above the tank by about 4-6 inches (10-15cm), on brackets that come with the light, and extend to fit any tank.
You could make a net cover out of some plastic/wood rods from a D.I.Y shop, and glue it together. If there is any gap it wont matter to much. 
Saroyus
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
I could try the net idea on second thoughts.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
ok cool! thanks, yes I was going to not use the lid but Is there any other way than a net because It might not cover the whole tank due to the cables and other stuff that is blocking it.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
If you are going to add more light, then it would be easier to remove the lid and the 11 watt light, and put the new light over head, and have no lid. You can buy cheap netting to go over the tank, to stop the fish jumping out. 
If you stick with the 11 watt light, and it had a k rating of 11,000k,-15,000k you might be able to grow zoas and mushrooms but nothing else.
In my fish stocking vid (how to build a reef tank part 2), I say 1 small clown fish size fish for every 6 gallons (24 litres) so only one fish.
If you had a fish only tank (no corals) then you might be able to keep 2 clown fish size fish, but keeping the phosphates down will be difficult. There are some very small fish such as yellow gobys, you will need to do your research.  One yellow goby, and one clown fish might work.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
I have the aquarium on my desk and unfortunately I will have to stick to using just the LED light because the flouresent would be quite blinding (because it is mainly used on the lid of the aquarium). I now just need to know if I can keep either two clown fish or maybe a clown fish and something else. (The aquarium dimensions are Width 40cm Depth 25cm Height 25 cm)
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
ok thanks for all the help! (although I may try to ask more questions) I am looking at the filter now and it says it has this filtration chamber, I dont know what it is but it probably is good for my needs.                                                                                                       Thank you for all the help, now I will just have to wait till Christmas (in order to get the money for the live rock etc) and then I will be doing something :D 
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Yes. Use the in tank filter, to ripple the surface of the water this will help oxygenate the tank.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
ok, is it ok if I start my tank without the skimmer, and then get a skimmer when I add to the bioload (the fish)
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
It depends on what you want to keep. If you only want a few hermit crabs and no fish, then you don't need a skimmer.  If you are prepared to do large water changes then you don't need a skimmer. I would go for a skimmer every time.A nono simmer can be very small.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
ok :D I agree, most people say that tanks like mine are too small for a skimmer? is that true? I'd rather just have the filter on its own with the activated carbon, if that works?
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
You may have been better buying everything separately. It may be difficult to fit a skimmer to the tank with the hood/ cover on. Some skimmers will fit in the tank, but need to have the top out of the water. Some nano skimmers are very cheap, £10-20. I have no idea what is in the fish food. It may contain large amounts plant matter, and so large amounts of phosphates.
Frozen marine fish food is very cheap. 1 packet of frozen blocks would last 6-12 months, and cost £2-3. Marine fish can be very picky about what they eat.
Stuff phosphate remover and activated carbon
in the filter, and change it every month. You may need more flow than the filter will give you. you need about 500 liters per hour (125 gallons) for a tank your size.
I would leave the hood and light, and fit the 7watt L.E.D over head, and grow some mushrooms and zoas with a skimmer hung on the back. If you want to keep L.P.S corals, then put the 3 tube T5 over head from allpondsolutions. 
I think you have a lot of reading to do!!!.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
Ok, I will stick to the 20% per month, depending on what amount of salt I could afford at the time. I have some images of the tank that arrived, it has tropical fish food and water purifier supplied with it as well as the other main things, the question is: is tropical fish food ok for marine fish? (I have have the links to my images at the bottom) http://imgur.com/a/0AEAm
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
+Thierry FOX If you can fit a skimmer on the back of your tank, or in it, that would be good. Some activated carbon and phosphate remover in the filter would be good. You would then need to do just 20% water change per month, with soft corals, (5% per week for hard corals).
You need to use R.O.D.I water. Tap water contains Phosphate. The water purifier will be no good. I make my own R.O.D.I water with a filter system, but you can buy it from your local fish store.  
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
That might work, It is difficult to say. Watts is a measure of how much energy it takes to light the bulb or tube, and not the amount of light given out. Your 7 watt L.E.D may use less energy than the 11w fluorescent, light supplied with the tank, but give out more light.
So comparing L.E.Ds with each other, or T5 with L.E.D or metal halides is difficult.
You would have no problem growing zoas, and mushrooms,and some soft corals like Kenya tree coral, with the 2 Lights.
I have a whole 15 series on how to build a reef tank. You need a skimmer, and phosban reactor. In your case, your tank is so small, it might be easier to do a 20% water change every few days, to remove waste.
It takes a lot of reading to build a reef tank.
I didn't read enough when I first started.
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
ok, I have an idea (sorry if this is annoying you) if I combine the 11 watt fluoresent light that is supplied with the aquarium to the 7 watt led light I may get around 3.1 watts of light per gallon, this may not be good for hard corals, but I dont really intend to have many hard corals at all now (maybe one but no more!) it will mostly be zoas and whatever comes as a hitchiker on my tank!
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Allpondsolutionsdo a three tube T5 light that is 36 cm long 24 watts and will grow L.P.S coral. You need 4-6 tubes for S.P.S coals. I would not try and grow S.P.S in a tank that small.  
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Any L.E.D light for a nan tank should be 30-60 watts. It can be difficult to compare one L.E.D to another. Just look at the wattage, the price, and how large or thick the unit is. 7 watts of L.E.D at £16.99. Will grow very little. No S.P.S or most L.P.S. The light says it is suitable for corals, but what sort I don't know. The Only L.E.D lights I have seen, that will grow L.PS and S.P.S are £150 + for tanks up to 30g.
Unless you go for something like I showed you from China for £83. If you went for higher
wattage than 7, it would just be a longer unit and the half the light would be wasted. There are some cheap T.5 lights our there but maybe to long for your tank. 
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
what about the link? and on second thoughts I will try to grow lps corals but also I might try and experiment on what is best.

PS: link is here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Over-Head-LED-Lamp-Light-35-45-58-76-CM-White-Blue-Color-/390958722675?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&var=&hash=item5b06f4ae73

PPS: you can see there are options where the longer it is the more wattage although that may mean not all of the light going into the tank, being not as many watts, although the first one is 7w?
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
I have a ne vid out on cycling a tank.
You need 1lb per gallon (1kg per 8 litres). so you need 5-6lb (2.5-3kg).
Finding lights that fit a tank as small as yours is difficult. Flourescent T.5 are the cheapest form of lighting. You would need 4-6 tubes, but you would not find unit that small.  
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
oh and btw is 2 kilos of live rock ok?
Saroyus
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
yeah ok thanks, the aquarium arrived today! so I will be getting that. unless if there is a cheaper options (which I doubt).
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
You have a very small tank, and would only be able to keep one clownfish size fish, or a few hermit crabs.
The lighting on a larger tank (10-30g) would be the same cost.
Interpet do a double L.E.D 360mm bright white light for £30-£40. They will probably only grow soft corals.
http//pic365.org/ebay/vuk/products/a026-3.jpg
Will probably grow anything you want, but does not say what it will grow. It weighs 4.5 kg, so will need hanging from the ceiling. It costs £83.
It would be better suited on a 20-30g tank!!!.  
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
Second thoughts that probably wont work, anyway, ideas? xd
Saroyus
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
ok, I get it, so if I were to get lights, what could be the cheapest I could use? because I can just pay 100 for lighting. The aquarium btw already has lighting supplied with it but then again its bad- 11 watt, anyway any better ideas for lighting? (that are cheap)
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
Sorry you will not be able to grow anything with those lights. Yes they show a picture of a tank with mainly soft corals, but a light that costs £5.95 will only be good for fish only.
You will never be able to grow S.P.S corals, they need a lot of light. You might be able to grow some zoas, and mushrooms that need very little light. I think the pictures are very confusing and misleading. The A.I. nano made by DD aquarium solutions is £300. It is £300 f0r a reason. If lights were as cheap as £5.95 for growing corals it would be great.
T.M.C L.E.D are £295 per tile. Ecotech are £600 per tile, Eco rays are £200+, get the picture.
The A.I nano fixture has just 10 L.E.D. If I were to shine your 48 L.E.D in your face, it would be bright, but O.K. If I were to shine The A.I nano in your face it would do serious damage to your eyes. All L.E.D are not the same. You need High power/intense L.E.D. Normally one tile of high power L.E.D  would use 30-60 watts of power, compare that to your 1.5 watts. I have a video on lighting (how to build a reef tank part 6).
Sorry to go on and have a rant, but adds like the one you saw, are just so misleading to newbes, That's why a make vids, because there are so many confusing and misleading things on the internet, that just make me mad!!!!!. I was a newbe once and had to learn the hard way.   
Saroyus
Saroyus - 5 years ago
I will buy 2
Saroyus
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 5 years ago
What make are the lights?. How much do they cost. Does not sound like the right sort of L.E.D. I have a 48 L.E.D light on my quarantine tank. It wont grow corals. You need very high power L.E.D. The ecotech marine radions. cover an area 2 feet across, and have just 20 L.E.D. It costs $900. An A.I namo will cost $450 (£300), and would be good for your tank size. It has 10 L.E.D. What corals do you want to grow?.
Dan´s Montigarden
Dan´s Montigarden - 6 years ago
After a few tipps of u, my tank looks like this now!
Eheim Scuba Cube with EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Thunderstorm
Alvaro Ramos
Alvaro Ramos - 6 years ago
I dont agree with plate corals!!! Haha.. Just my opinion..
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
+Alvaro Ramos
 I've had a few. one lasted just over a year. They need feeding by hand, and can be difficult to keep. I nevere fed mine!!. There is the daisy coral, similar to the goni but sligtly easier to keep. My pink one is over a yesr old.
Alvaro Ramos
Alvaro Ramos - 6 years ago
Thanks you.. Am gonna give s try... Sorry one more thing!! What about gonioporas?? Have u had ??
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
The trick to keeping a plate coral is a clean Sand bed. If the bed is not clean it may give out to much nitrogen gas, which gets trapped under the plate. They do easily get brown jelly if damaged in transit, and most likely will not recover if stung by another coral. They need to be on the sand, but also need lots of light. No coral is ever that easy to keep. I know many reefers have trubble with this one, but many reffers also seem to have no problems keeping this coral. I'm not the best reefer in the world. My orange plate is't growing much, but is 1.5 years old.
Julie Civitello Wilson
Julie Civitello Wilson - 6 years ago
Out of those you featured, which would you try out in a 6 gal. nano tank? Fluval.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Your welcome!!. Learning this hobby can be difficult.
Julie Civitello Wilson
Julie Civitello Wilson - 6 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc. Got it, and thank you. Looks like I need to do more research and invest in another tank for stuff that needs a larger amount of light! Thank you very much for your time! Great videos as well. For people kind of new to the saltwater aquariums (like me) your videos and one on one feed back really help:)
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
I would guess the lights are know good for S.P.S corals like monipora. If the lights where strong enough to grow S.P.S corals, then the mushrooms would close up. Are they reef lights. Reef lights would be 50% blue and 50% 10-18k white. L.E.D vary alot, and can't be compared to each other.
Shrimp and hermit crabs are fine in a 6g nano.
Julie Civitello Wilson
Julie Civitello Wilson - 6 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc. I don't want fish lol. I made the tank for my shrimp and hermit. I added 3 mushrooms. The lights from what I understand are ok if I wanted one or two fish. 21 LED bulbs—18 white and 3 blue bulbs. What I'd like to put in  would be a red montipora capricornus and maybe 3 more mushrooms at one inch in size. Nothing else :)
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
If you watch my lastest video, you will see that you would only be able to keep 1 small fish in a 6g nano. Maybe just 1 clown fish, but he would not have much room to swim. Most small fish need 20g of room to swim. You could in theory keep any of these corals, with or with out fish. If you have lots of light then you could only keep the corals that need lots of light. Montipora and pavona leef coral. The zoas might do O.K. in the shade. If you have low level lighting then zoas will do fine any where.and add lots of colour. In the average 2 ft deep tank corals can be placed at different hights, so they get different amounts of light. With a 9 inch/1ft deep tank every thing is at a similar hight below the lights, so a mixed reef tank becomes more difficult. What lighting do you have?.
Ramtin Kazemi
Ramtin Kazemi - 6 years ago
that's how a video should be done by everyone trying to inform others about anything. i'm so sick of bullshit on youtube... a clip of each anemone and basic info, perfect!
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Your wecome!!.
Ramtin Kazemi
Ramtin Kazemi - 6 years ago
thanks alot for the info
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
+Ramtin Kazemi
 There is no garantee that any clown fish will host an anemone. Rose bubble tips are quite easy. As with any inverabrates like clams, shrimp, and anemone you need low nitrates. 1ppm or below is best. My tank raiaed clown host my frogsspawn coral, but its realy just a matter of luck.
Ramtin Kazemi
Ramtin Kazemi - 6 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc. would you suggest any anemone to bond with a clownfish for a beginner? i have a live rock n fish only tank right now... don't wanna go crazy on the corals yet because i know i will have to move to a new place in a year or so but i'd love to get one anemone for my clown.. let me know what you think please... thanks again!
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks. Glad I was helpful.
Daniel Van Ravenhorst
Daniel Van Ravenhorst - 6 years ago
how do you get button polyps and mushrooms so tall 
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Some of the zoas are actualy Palaythoas (palays) They look just like zoas only they have a long stem. All mushrooms and zoas/palays need low lighting, other wise they will not be so tall. They can take a while to settle in, so don't move them around to much.
Fish Tales
Fish Tales - 6 years ago
Hi i just started a new marine tank with live rock and fish,
was wondering when you bring the coral from the shop how do you
acclimatise it to my tank water. Have seen so many videos that seem
to contradict what to do. 
Any help much appreciated.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
+wendy barnes Well said. It looks easy at first, but the more you get into it the harder it gets.
Fish Tales
Fish Tales - 6 years ago
Thanks for the info will try this
when i am ready to get the coral. Need some 
more live rock first. Whoever said setting up a reef tank was easy was fibbing! ;-)
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
How ever you do it you need to do it slowly over 2 hours. Some Reefers set up a drip line, slowly driping the water in. I just add a tiny bit of tank water every 10 minute and remove the same amount of water at the same time.
multisturge
multisturge - 6 years ago
Ricordias are similar to mushrooms aren't they? they any good to keep?
multisturge
multisturge - 6 years ago
ok thanks, think I'll stick with softies for the time being for being a beginner then add a few easy hardies at a later stage when ready
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Whith that set up you should be able to grow anything.
multisturge
multisturge - 6 years ago
its a kent marine bio reef, has 1 white led, 1 blue lef and 4 tube lights wer 1 of those is actinic
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
It depends what kind of L.E.D. You have. Some L.E.D won't even grow mushroom. Some nano L.E.D like the A,I, nano will grow anything!!.
multisturge
multisturge - 6 years ago
ok thanks, looking forward to part 2, I got a nano so i'm guessing hard corals are a no as my LEDS aren't the right sort for them
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
I'm doing a part 2, 10 more easy to keep corals, which includes Florida ricordeas. Ricordeas, are a bit like mushrooms, they can relise toxins that are bad for S.P.S corals, and some L.P.S corals, But are very easy to keep.
Daren James
Daren James - 6 years ago
Taking off one of your LPS's and replace it with the Toadstool.  I've always seen them propagated by cutting them but mine is actually splitting in half from the top down.  Very easy to grow and if they move from one rock to another you can cut the back half and the remainder will grow another head.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Yes leathers are easy to grow, I just did nit want to many softies on the list. I've had my leather toadstall for over 2 yesrs. It can release toxins into the water so needs to be in a big tank with lots of carbon.!!
Taka Iguchi
Taka Iguchi - 6 years ago
Thanks! Great info!
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Any time!!.

30. comment for 10 easy to keep reef tank corals for biginners

neker rivera
neker rivera - 6 years ago
great video two thumbs up. 
multisturge
multisturge - 6 years ago
Getting either clownfish or green chromis pair next week along with some polyp or mushroom coral (can't decide which unless I get 1 each depending on how much I'm going to spend), got my API reef master test kit today, all is fine but funny enough nitrate was at 0 and phosphate was at 5mg/l, expected to be other way round so will have to sort that out. My tank has been running since 15th March so it has fully cycled.
multisturge
multisturge - 6 years ago
I got a skimmer working constantly and I'm working on removing all of the algae off the glass with my clean-up crew working constantly too, doing water changes. It is a 20g kent marine so the filtration system is built inside the tank, I'm a beginner so its a nice simple tank and its not like I be getting hard corals right away.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
A.P.I phgosphate test kit is no good. You need a kit that will test down to 0.03 like salifert. What are you donig to bring the phosphates down. For a soft coral tank they need to be 0.1 or below. For hard corals you need 0.03 or below.
You need some sort of G.F.O (granulated ferric oxside) like rowa phos or phosguard in a reactor. You must get you phosphates down be foe you do any thing else.
Denitrofying bacteria that live in your sand bed will eat the nitrates, but can't eat the phosphtes. A good skimmer and G.F.O are needed to remove phosphates!!.
REEFER JAMES
REEFER JAMES - 6 years ago
Good info here.  Thanks Doc.     
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Your candy cane seems to be doing well, so if you can keep that alive then you should have no problem with any of theese. Your 125 is looking good, it just needs a few more corals!!!.
Dennis Wimett
Dennis Wimett - 6 years ago
Thank you, very well thought out.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks.
Elton Nguyen
Elton Nguyen - 6 years ago
anyone else notice 8 to 10?
Jose Sancez
Jose Sancez - 6 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc. 2 times nr 8….
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
What about 8-10?
Ash
Ash - 6 years ago
Great video for any new comer or experienced guy as well...we always tend to forget our basics sometimes this is a refresher...
Ash
Ash - 6 years ago
you are welcome. 
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks.
Libi Magaña
Libi Magaña - 6 years ago
Thank you for the info
I have a hammer head coral and it dosent want to open its tentacles it has light to med flow and led lights and still not good sign:( any suggestions??
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Their must be something it doesn't like about your water, or lighting. I have a resent vid on water Peramiters. Sometimes if it gets injured in transportation. then it could get brown jelly desease. (you would see polyps turn to brown jelly). I have a green branching hammer head, halfway down my tank, slightly in the shade, so they don't need much light. It's gone from 2-10 heads in 15 months. It may just take time to come out and settle down.
Tyroniusmaximus
Tyroniusmaximus - 6 years ago
Can you give me the scientific name of the so called leaf coral at 2:49 please some sort of montipora?
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
+reef maniac
 Yes your right. I've always called it a leaf coral, and also pointed out it sings in the video, and pointed out it can also be called a pavona in the discription.
reef maniac
reef maniac - 6 years ago
The leaf is at 2:56 it's a Pavona. Stinger but easy to keep.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
No Montiporas are S.P.S corals. Their mainly stoney calciumcarbonate, with tiny polyps. The coral at 249 is a Blastomussa. The same as the one at 243 only green, and a slightly differnt shape. Each grean head is 1 polyp about 0.5/1 inch wide, with a solid stony shell/body. Often called blasto, it is slow growing and comes in many colours!!. The montipora is at 308.
SaltyReefTV
SaltyReefTV - 6 years ago
Great refresher for me after being out of the hobby for 10 years and just now coming back! :) Thanks!!!
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks. Alot has chaged, but the basics are still the same!!. Good luck.
Anderson412
Anderson412 - 6 years ago
hey buddy great video

Do check my yellow tang and lemme know what you think :)

My healthy yellow tang
Melsi Bezhani
Melsi Bezhani - 6 years ago
I think duncans should be in there somewhere, mine was my first coral and it has tolerated many newbie mistakes and likes low lighting and flow.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Yes some duncans are easy to keep. My standard great barrier reef duncan is 2 years old, and has gone from 7 to 40 heads. There are however many different sizes and types of duncan coral, some are much easier to keep than others!!.
Daniel Camer
Daniel Camer - 6 years ago
Your video was beautiful and very informative for a beginner or a old retired teacher, who would love to have a coral tank again. Last one was over a decade ago.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks. Things have moved on alot in the last 10 years. It is easier than ever to keep corals, but there is alot of bad and poor infomation out there!!. Keeping corals is like driving a car. Very difficult at first, but second nature after a while. If you have done it before, then it should be easier!!.
phuoc huynh
phuoc huynh - 6 years ago
thank you my friend
thank so much
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Any time!!.
Sashin Bejai
Sashin Bejai - 6 years ago
Wish i had money to do this as a hobby.sigh
montydesijokes
montydesijokes - 6 years ago
Great videos very informative thank you
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks!!.
Gmo Rosales
Gmo Rosales - 6 years ago
Thanks a lot man! I posted a video today so you can check it out on YouTube, it's called "Mark and Gmo's 120 gallon tank with homemade live rock"we have a few corals that we started off with already but still doing research to get more. I mainly need low light corals to fill in between the rock I made. Please check it out if you have time. Thanks for the reply man!!! I was a really big fan of New York Steelo, I actually got into saltwater because of him and followed everything he did but when I had questions, he never answered back so thanks for your time!
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
I can't say I agree with every thing Newyork steelo says. In his ich video he says just keep your fish well fed. This is not based on any scientific fact, and as you know this won't always work!!. My ich video is based on sicentifc facts, and the only proven methords that work..
Gmo Rosales
Gmo Rosales - 6 years ago
That video was awesome!!! Me and my father in law just got into salt water this year around February and learned many things the hard way. We stayed away from corals because everything we were doing with fish kept going wrong. We lost about 300 dollars worth of fish due to ich just because we were afraid to use a QT tank and copper, and now that I think about it, it sounds ridiculous lol.But like I said, we learned the hard way, now that we feel more comfortable and learned many things like keeping fish alive and water parameters great, We're slowly getting into corals and this video really helped. The thing is I'm making my own live rock and never thought of the way lighting would hit it. I completed my first half of the rock that I put in the 120 gallon tank which is about 80 pounds of rock. And that's the one I'm having trouble finding corals for. I was hoping I could show you a picture or video somehow and maybe you could help me out with which type of corals would do good in different types of areas on the rock where the light varies. Cause different parts of the rock have better lighting than others. Thanks and keep p the good work
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Sorry to hear about your trubble with marine ich. It can be right pain in the back side. I have many videos on understanding corals, water chemistry and dosing calcium and carbonate. It is a lot to take in at first. As for coral placement: I have 50 corals. I try and make sure that the flow is right, as this can be a big factor in corals surviving.  As long as the poyps are gently moving (not all polyps move that much) you should be O.K. Keeping corals is never easy, even for experianced people like me. I could not tell you how many of my corals, are getting the exact right amoumt of light. With 50 corals, it is impossible to give every thing the exact right amount of light. There is always a big difference, between giving it to much, or to little. I have button polyps near the top that are growing well. I have  button polyps that are to the side, and down the bottom,Still doing well just not growing so fast. I have 10 corals on the bottom all needing different lighting. All surviving, but maybe just not all growing at their optimum rate.
It is good that you have started out with a fish only tank, and have not tried to rush into keeping corals. Just remember if a coral needs lots of light, then place it 1/3-1/2 the way down the tank directly under the lights. If a coral needs medium light place it in the bottom half of the tank, or on the bottom but not in the shade. If a coral needs low light then place it on the bottom or in the shade!!. Let me no if you post a vid of your tank, or if you get stuck in any way. I don't know every thing, but will try and help if I can.
Good luck and happly reefing. The fish tank DOC.
TheMrILB
TheMrILB - 6 years ago
"biginners" ... right... I'm moving on.
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Glad to here it!!!.
bobbonecrusher
bobbonecrusher - 6 years ago
great vid
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
+GoodRedBlackRatio
 Denitrofying bacteria that live in oxigen free areas of the tank, like your sand bed or in rocks, ear nitrate turning it into nirogen gas.
GoodRedBlackRatio
GoodRedBlackRatio - 6 years ago
+TheFishTank Doc.
Wait a minute, since when do the bacteria eat nitrate? I thought they only consumed nitrite, turning it into nitrate? Maybe I've heard wrong?
TheFishTank Doc.
TheFishTank Doc. - 6 years ago
Thanks. Glad to see you have sorted out you nitrates. With the extra sand you should produce more denitrofying bactirea to eat up the Nitrate.

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