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Abhijit

Hi Guys,

 

I am very new to Reef keeping and about to setup my first nano reef. Can someone please help identify these corals and anemones and advise whether these are beginner level corals?

 

TIA!

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D.Capion

Welcome
I'm new to the hobby as well, 6 mths in.

The only "Beginner Corals" I see are the Zoids  Pictures 4&5.
However it depends how you look at beginner coral.

 If you can't maintain the tank as much as you'd like, test periodically, has large swings.
From that viewpoint  a "beginner coral" will be softys only

With enough research and insight,most species can be quite happy and thrive in a beginners tank.
Providing you match their care needs.

 

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Clown79

 

Don't know the first 1, 2 looks kind of like a cabbage coral, zoas(pic #4+5) are easy. The rest are various anemones

 

Some anemones aren't hard, some are more difficult.

 

The issue is some grow huge, they need stability, can move a lot so look into anemone proofing the tank.

 

Bubble tip, mini max carpet, and rock flowers are common to keep due to being easier and not growing to outrageous sizes.

 

Can you find out what anemones those are by who is selling them?

 

I know a lot is banned in India. I believe soft corals and anemones are legal.

 

I'd consider doing an anemone only tank they are quite beautiful.

 

 

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Abhijit
14 hours ago, D.Capion said:

Welcome
I'm new to the hobby as well, 6 mths in.

The only "Beginner Corals" I see are the Zoids  Pictures 4&5.
However it depends how you look at beginner coral.

 If you can't maintain the tank as much as you'd like, test periodically, has large swings.
From that viewpoint  a "beginner coral" will be softys only

With enough research and insight,most species can be quite happy and thrive in a beginners tank.
Providing you match their care needs.

 

@D.Capion Thank you for your input. This'll be my first reef tank, so I want to stick to the basics as much as possible and eventually elevate to keeping the complex stuff. 

 

I am very regular with maintenance with all my FW tanks, so I think I should be able to deal with the upkeep of the reef. Though ofcourse I understand comparing reef-keeping and keeping FW/Planted tanks is like comparing apples to oranges. Each comes with its own challenges. 

 

With this tank, my aim to learn as much as I can real time so that I accumulate enough knowledge for the bigger reef I have in mind in a couple of years. 

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Abhijit
11 hours ago, Clown79 said:

 

Don't know the first 1, 2 looks kind of like a cabbage coral, zoas(pic #4+5) are easy. The rest are various anemones

 

Some anemones aren't hard, some are more difficult.

 

The issue is some grow huge, they need stability, can move a lot so look into anemone proofing the tank.

 

Bubble tip, mini max carpet, and rock flowers are common to keep due to being easier and not growing to outrageous sizes.

 

Can you find out what anemones those are by who is selling them?

 

I know a lot is banned in India. I believe soft corals and anemones are legal.

 

I'd consider doing an anemone only tank they are quite beautiful.

 

 

@Clown79, the person who's selling the stuff doesn't know what they're called. I tried Google lens, and it correctly identified all except pics 1 & 2. 

 

An anemone tank is something I did consider, but I want atleast a couple of corals in there, whichever I can get my hands on. You are right, a lot of stuff is illegal in India, which is such a bummer. I would love to study and keep SPS, but that's out of question. 

 

So like I said, I want to keep atleast whatever I can get my hands on, but I want to know what I'm keeping so that I can care and provide properly. I don't want to keep something I know nothing about. Hence the research 😊

 

From what I have gathered so far, I think it's mostly going to be 1 carpet anemone, 1 bubbletip anemone, 1 GSP coral, 2 mushrooms, 2 zoas, and hopefully whatever pics 1 & 2 corals are (if I am able to identify accurately). 

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Aquatic Spendthrift

last pic looks like rock flower nem second last one looks like sebae nem what size is your tank cuz carpet nem get huge

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Abhijit
2 minutes ago, Aquatic Spendthrift said:

last pic looks like rock flower nem second last one looks like sebae nem

Thanks @Aquatic Spendthrift. Were you able to identify what the corals are? 

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Aquatic Spendthrift

no idea but if i was to guess 1 looks like a sponge 

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1891Bro
14 hours ago, D.Capion said:

Welcome
I'm new to the hobby as well, 6 mths in.

The only "Beginner Corals" I see are the Zoids  Pictures 4&5.
However it depends how you look at beginner coral.

 If you can't maintain the tank as much as you'd like, test periodically, has large swings.
From that viewpoint  a "beginner coral" will be softys only

With enough research and insight,most species can be quite happy and thrive in a beginners tank.
Providing you match their care needs.

 

At least they have some sweet zoids. 

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Abhijit
3 hours ago, 1891Bro said:

At least they have some sweet zoids. 

@1891Bro, I just hope they're still available when my tank cycles and it's time for me to add corals. 

 

It's sucks to not have easy access to corals and anemones. I wish it was as easy as walking into a store and buying what you want 😐

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