View Full Version : Uncommon(ish) coral recommendations?

03/05/2007, 09:06 PM
Ok, so i'm just wondering what i should add to my 40 breeder as far as my next coral. I'd like to get something a bit more "out of the ordinary" as far as corals go (apparently everything from zoas, xenia, and gsp is "out of the ordinary" to everyone who sees my tank that is NOT a reef person lol).

My lights are just 4x96w pc's....2x10K daylight, one 03 actinic, and one of the Blue 7,100K (or 460nm) bulbs.

What do you think would be a good addition?

I got mostly softies like leathers xenia, shrooms, gsp, etc. and a couple lps corals.

03/05/2007, 09:11 PM
What about something like a nice wall hammer? Sounds like it might make a nice addition.


03/05/2007, 09:17 PM
How about trying a photosynthetic gorgonian? I think you have enough light.

03/05/2007, 09:19 PM
Or if you are into softies how about a neospongode from DFS?



03/05/2007, 09:50 PM
redrunblue....i do agree that a wall hammer would be amazing, but i've already got a small branching hammer, so i'd just like a bit different, you know?

SDguy....i know you got your gorgs, and i love the gorgs (was kinda waiting till i got my 16bow with halides to do them tho...)....which specific gorgs would you recommend for my current light setup? I do plan to upgrade to a 4x39w t5 HO retro as soon as i get money (so like 90 years maybe :) ) so then the lighting shouldnt be an issue.

And whichever ones you think may do well in my setup...about how much should i expect to pay for them, and are they very common? I'd rather not buy it from the only LFS that i know of that carries them...mostly because they charge 110 for a flame angel that costs 35 at the store closer to me (but everything else is also overpriced at that place, gorgonians included). So maybe i can get a small frag from a local person if its not super rare, you know?

dsm...thats one weird coral lol, and cool looking too. I've never seen anything like that in any stores near me tho, and unless i'm ordering in a group buy, i dont usually order online (because of costs...mostly shipping).

And arent those corals hard to keep? I know dfs says easy...but i was always under the impression that that type of coral was difficult(er)

thanks for the suggestions so far :)

03/05/2007, 09:55 PM
I think you are better off with a branching hammer in a 40 anyway....way easier to frag when it grows too big.

My purple ribbon gorg and my rusty orange gorg do best in my tank. I'd recommend the purple ribbon gorg since IME it is a fast grower (have seen it in several tanks) and GARF even propagates it. I got mine for %16 bucks because they had it for a while and it wasn't looking good. I wouldn't pay more than $30.

I remember from another thread someone mentioned a place online that sells gorgs pretty cheap out of Florida, IIRC.


03/05/2007, 10:12 PM
16 bucks would be pretty good. Shipping is gonna kill me on that tho i'd imagine lol.

I'll see if anyone near me has any before i go buying any (its much easier for a high school senior to do a trade with his current corals rather than buy a new one :) )

03/05/2007, 10:29 PM
Prolly www.sealifeflorida.com for the cheap gorgo. Just in case you end up able to just buy one ;) Ken, who owns it, is Great to work with.

03/05/2007, 10:51 PM
wow...i just found my new favorite coral :)


thanks for the link Riona :)

03/06/2007, 03:48 AM
locate some reefers in your area and see their tanks.........if you visit several people i'm sure you'll see some awesome stuff and possibly get a frag of it........that's the best way to go IMO

03/06/2007, 08:22 AM
<a ref=showthread.php?s=&postid=9405382#post9405382 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sir_dudeguy
wow...i just found my new favorite coral :)

The pure provocation - don't do what I did:
The last is the red finger gorgonian. All of them need feeding abd this pollutes water.

These is easy, large centerpieces 7" in diameter, scolymia and cynarina, could be of the bright colors: