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  1. Beginner corals

    There are a lot corals that qualify as "Beginner" corals. Some have already been mentioned by others like Xenia and Clove polyps, these are great and will grow well, just be sure to isolate them to keep them from taking over your tank. Same goes for Green Star Polyps. Put them in their own little island somewhere and they will flourish and leave the rest of your real estate alone. Someone already said Zoanthids, just use caution as these carry the risk of palytoxin poisoning. Just wear gloves and eye protection and you will be fine. Other corals you could do would be Discosoma, Rhodactis, Bounce, and Ricordea mushroom corals. These are relatively impervious to your mistakes and water parameters. If you lose them, it is probably indicative of a major issue (Barring diseased specimens). If you want LPS, Blastomussa and Favia Brain are excellent. Just be aware that Favia can be war-like and needs it's space. Frogspawn and Hammer Tip are great as well, just be aware of their long sweeper tentacle and give them their space. Acanthastrea will need a bit of flow but will be fine in most tanks. Photsynthetic Gorgonians (like Purple Brush) would be a great choice, just give them the flow they need, although AVOID NPS Gorgonians as they will almost invariably die (I avoid NPS in gerneral). In the SPS variety, you could get away with Montipora. It is a bit more forgiving than harder to keep SPS. You could also try Pocillopora. It is like the forgotten cousin of Acropora and much, much easier to keep. I've kept many things on this list in a tank with no sump, just 20% weekly water changes and have never had issues. Good flow, water parameters, and lighting are all you need. Everything else is generally nit-picking minutia for better color or faster growth, worry about that later. Good luck friend!
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    Good stalk and polyp growth on my main Silver Xenia colony.
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    My secondary Xenia frag I'm growing for my girlfriend.
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    My lonely Discosoma, I'l be excited when he reaches full growth and begins reproducing.
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    My Kenya Tree Leather growing nicely. He will need to be moved eventually though.
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    Favia Brain coral I attached on a sand dollar ad placed in my substrate, too aggrssive to be close to my other frags and colonies.
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    Zoanthids at full extension with polys splitting.
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    Blue clove polyp colony in detail.
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    Side view of Aquascape.
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    Full frontal tank view. 10g frag tank for now.
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    Unknown Xenia species, received the frag from a friend. He claimed it was Silver Xenia but I'm not so sure. It doesn't pulse, but it is growing well in my tank.
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