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Old 01/11/2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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what corals need the least amount of lighting?

what are the best corals, for tanks that dont have mh or t-5s?

my light is a 15w or 18w power glo on my 10gallon tank


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Old 01/11/2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:27 PM   #3
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is there any corals i can have?


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Old 01/11/2008, 09:40 PM   #4
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There is a stony coral---bubble--which likes low light.

Many zoas or mushrooms don't mind low light at all. I had some discosoma neglecta [shrooms] which survived the cycle and grew like crazy once there was light, but they liked to hang in caves.

Sun coral is not photosynthetic, and each polyp has to be fed individually, so it is quite fussy, but lives in underwater overhangs.

Certain sponges are brightly colored and prefer near dark.

There's a whole world of minimal-light corals out there.


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Old 01/12/2008, 01:12 AM   #5
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That all being said, you'll be much happier with a reef tank that has at least PC or T5 lighting on it.

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Old 01/12/2008, 11:06 PM   #6
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Mushrooms, and nonphotosynthetic corals such as carnation corals, Tubastrea sp., certain gorgonians...granted the nonphotosynthetic critters are much more demanding and difficult them mushrooms...


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I posted photos of the corals from my 6g Nano-Cube (~11 depth), 18 W 50-50 PC, in this thread.
Non-photosynthetic corals are an option, but they will frequent feedings, skimmer and efficient filtration, power filters never worked for me.
From them, tubastrea (sun coral) with just several polyps should be the hardiest, then - swiftia gorgonian (bright tangerine orange), then - red or yellow finger gorgonian (diodogorgia).

The smaller coral - less amount of food will be introduced into the system.


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