Help on Corals

Liam101010101010010101010

I have a 32 gallon biocube, it has 30lbs (13.6kg) of live rock and is empty apart from 2 crabs that came on the rock, miscellaneous seaweed and algae, and also some starfish that came on the rock. It has been running since Jan 22 or about 2 1/2 months. I am planning on getting a pair of clownfish and a cleanup crew consisting of hermit crabs and snails. The parameters are:
Ammonia- between 0ppm-0.25ppm
Nitrate- 10ppm
Nitrite- 0ppm

I am planning to get a pulsing xenia of some sort (I know about the rapid growth) and a Duncan coral. I have heard that Duncans are pretty easy to keep (apart from feeding them twice a week), and sometimes host clownfish?
I was also thinking about some other kind of beginner coral, maybe hammers, blastomussas or mushrooms? I was wondering if I needed to get calcium supplements and calcium tests to be able to have LPS corals, or the weekly water changes would replenish the calcium supply naturally. Would I need any other supplements to go with these corals? And finally anyone who has experience with any of these corals maybe let me know what they are like? I appreciate any help, thanks.
 

saltwater60

Mushrooms spread all over the place and I’d avoid them.
hammers are nice. Blastomussas are my favorites. They are not hard but they are costly and I’d get some experience under my belt first.

As for supplements you’ll need calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium if you want LPS corals. Normal water changes are usually not enough. Also you’ll need rest kits for them. With that low coral load you might be ok but I’d still test and supplement to be sure.
 

Liam101010101010010101010

Mushrooms spread all over the place and I’d avoid them.
hammers are nice. Blastomussas are my favorites. They are not hard but they are costly and I’d get some experience under my belt first.

As for supplements you’ll need calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium if you want LPS corals. Normal water changes are usually not enough. Also you’ll need rest kits for them. With that low coral load you might be ok but I’d still test and supplement to be sure.
I didnt know about the magnesium and alkalinity thank you, would you recommend a certain brand? Or have you had the same results from all?
 

saltwater60

I always used seachem products. Had good success with them.
 

Liam101010101010010101010

I always used seachem products. Had good success with them.
Good to know, thanks
 

AquaPhilNJ

Brightwell aquatics or Red Sea. If you're going to dose then you're going to want to test; (Nyos what i'm using) popular brands, Nyos, Red Sea, Salifert, Hanna (Digital testing)...
 

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