View Full Version : Is Red Encrusting Monti frag a good beginner coral?

08/07/2010, 08:53 PM
Hey guys. I have a 34 gallon RedSeaMax and I'm ready to start adding coral. I'm getting a CandyCane coral and guy is gonna throw in a red encrusting monti frag with it. Anything I should know about the red encrusting monti?

08/07/2010, 09:05 PM
What kind of lighting do you have?

08/07/2010, 09:17 PM
I'm not sure on the lighting there. Encrusting Montis can really be a pita. Some will not color up without exactly perfect conditions. I would pass on the monti for a first coral.

08/07/2010, 09:33 PM
The red sea max tank has 2x 55w 50/50 10,000k & Actinic T5 Power compact lamps. I dont think a monti would be a good idea in that tank.

08/07/2010, 10:19 PM
thanks for the advice. Gonna pass on it. Do you guys see any issues with Kenya Trees? He said that he is gonna throw them in for free.

08/07/2010, 10:32 PM
They can take over the tank IMO. Do you plan on keeping many softies? When I had them I found them to be a nuisance, along with xenia... Ask him if he has any zoas to throw in...

08/07/2010, 10:53 PM
I keep the one biggest Kenya tree & give away or sell the babies. Not nearly as prolific as xenia, IMO.