Looking to possibly get into coral

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by pitbull_nc, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. pitbull_ncValued MemberMember

    Ok so I have been doing my FOWLR now for about a year and enjoy it very much. But more and more recently I have been really wanting to try and start doing some coral. My question is that I read somewhere that it is best to start with coral in the tank before ever adding fish. Is this true with your guy's experience? If so that is fine I may start a whole other tank just so I can start this anyways, but I wanted to know your thoughts.
  2. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    I added my corals after fish (approximately 3-4 months after), without problem.

    The problem, or consideration you face, is your current stocking and their suitability for a reef setup.

    Flame Angels aren't generally considered reef safe, nor are puffers, and hermit crabs are also known to annoy/eat corals.

    Not saying it can't be done, but I would strongly consider the risks vs cost of corals.
  3. fishman705Valued MemberMember

    yea I added 1 coral and an ocellaris clown like within a month after my FOWLR set up that I started and now I added 2 trumpet corals and everything seems to be doing fine so its been exactly a month and a half now so I think your set up would be perfect to add corals since its been a year now but ofcourse considering that your water parameters are safe and taking the right precautions.
  4. Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    Also keep in mind the type of lighting you currently are using may not be the right type of lighting for certain corals, also the salt mix that you use and the water to mix it with are very high priority for a reef tank, also filtration and water circulation just keep in mind all these factors of growing corals. Know for the fish like ryanr had suggested they are not reef safe for certain types of corals such as SPS and some LPS are an angels heaven if you will and keep in mind that not all of these type of corals but they will nip and cause damage to the corals and wil die. The puffer will eat the inverts etc.
  5. pitbull_ncValued MemberMember

    I appreciate it. I am going to actually start a new tank so I am not going to have the fish that I currently have in there with the corals. I am wanting to get about 100 gallons and rehome my puffer and angel on there so that my puffer has more room. He is still a juvenile but I feel like he will enjoy some of the extra space. And then turn my bowfront into the tank that houses the coral with reef safe fish. I figured I would get some good responses about this though. thank you.

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