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October 01, 2013 by Peter (0 Comments)
Just wanted to post an update almost a year later of how our little Frogspawn coral is doing.

After re-doing our 55 gallon tank with better flow and strong LED lighting, the Frogspawn has really taken off. In less than a year, it now has around 5 or 6 heads and is just massive. I think we're putting together this new large tank together just in time. The Frogspawn should now have tons of room to grow in the new tank.

October 01, 2013 by Peter (0 Comments)
The main goal of starting over with our 55 gallon tank was to try to keep more difficult species of coral. The most difficult type of coral to keep are the SPS/Acropora variety.

After going to a very nice coral store, but finding out they didn't keep much SPS, I had to bite the bullet and buy a tiny frag of Surf N Turf Coral from a store I didn't much like. The owner, who is so set in his old fashioned ways, even told me SPS would not grown under LEDs.

Needless to say, less than a year later, that tiny SPS frag has just blown up in size. I really can't wait to get this Surf N Turf into the new tank and get it under better LEDs with much more flow and better filtration. I have a feeling this might become a superstar coral in my new tank.

October 01, 2013 by Peter (0 Comments)
The Candy Cane coral is a true stand out in a reef aquarium. With it's crazy neon yellow/green color, it is sometimes also labeled the Kryptonite Coral.

We've had the Candy Cane for just over a year and it has already split a few times, now looking a lot bigger than when we first bought it. The Candy Cane seems to be a pretty easy coral to keep as well. I really also enjoy seeing it feeding at night, when the Candy Cane looks a bit creepy with it's tentacles out in full extension. I really feel that in the new tank, the Candy Cane will take off and get much larger.

October 01, 2013 by Peter (0 Comments)
The Flower Pot Coral might be one of the cutest species of coral on the market. Needless to say my wife fell in love with it and said we really need to add it to the tank.

The specimen of Flower Pot was bought was extremely small and has grown slowly in our tank. I'm not sure if this is due to flow, placement or lighting. We hardly ever seen full extension, but hopefully in the new tank we'll see the Flower Pot take off.

October 01, 2013 by Peter (0 Comments)
One of the pieces of coral I've always wanted to have in my tank was a Torch Coral. I just loved how it's sweeping tentacles would sway in the flow of a reef tank.

After we sold our 240 gallon tank and decided to start new with the 55 gallon tank, I knew I wanted a Torch Coral right away. We went to check out a local coral store and were blown away with their selection. After browsing for a few minutes I found the perfect little Torch to take home.

The torch has been a great coral in our tank. It always catches your eye, and our little Black Ice Snowflake Clownfish has even decided to host in it.

I really can't wait to see the Torch Coral grow and prosper in our new 470 gallon reef tank as well. Make sure to check out this page often for updates on the Torch Coral as it grows.

October 29, 2012 by Peter (0 Comments)
When I started reef keeping a was a lot more interested in reef fish over coral. My wife on the other hand really loved all the different varieties of coral.

Being brand new to the hobby and not knowing anything, we tried out a few corals with no success. We came to find out the LEDs on our 55 gallon display tank were way too weak to most kinds of hard coral, with the hole fixture being as strong as one LED bulb in our 240 gallon build. We did have some luck with the LPS Frogspawn coral.

We bought a tiny head of Frogspawn from a LFS and didn't notice any growth for a few months, then all of a sudden it started growing like weeds. It is still very small, but has really increased in size. Since the Frogspawn doesn't require much light and gets nutrients from the water, we've had pretty good luck with it.

I can't wait to move this little Frogspawn into our 240 gallon tank and see how it'll flourish in a much better system both lighting and filtration wise.

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