Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

First corals added to RSM 250

I was a little impatient, but it’s been a whole week and I still haven’t seen an ammonia, nitrate or nitrite spike, same as on day 5 of cycling. Being an optimist, I think it’s because the tank is already cycled. I stopped by the local fish store (LFS for short – each community has it’s plethora of acronyms, and there is no lack of them in the salt water aquarium community) and picked up 2 easy care level small coral fragments (Frags – another salt water aquarium community term that is used so much, it’s legendary). I floated the bags with the corals in the tank for about 15 minutes to equilibrate the temperature before placing them close to the bottom of the tank initially to acclimatize to the lights of the Red Sea Max 250. I even had the lights off in the room and tank during temperature equilibration and placement in tank. I read somewhere that intense light can damage corals if they were accustomed to less intense lighting.

Acan Lord (Acanthastrea lordhowensis)

Acan Lord in Red Sea Max 250

Acan Lord in Red Sea Max 250

Care level: Easy
Lighting: Low to medium (Acans photosynthesizes, but also feed)
Water-flow: Low to medium
Temperament: Semi aggressive

Frogspawn Branching Coral (Euphyllia paradivisa)

Frogspawn (branching) in Red Sea Max 250

Frogspawn (branching) in Red Sea Max 250

Care level: Moderate
Lighting: Moderate to High
Water-flow: Medium
Temperament: Aggressive

The local fish store guy and I thought this was a young branching Hammer coral, but when I got home I realized it was a Frogspawn. I didn’t want a Frogspawn but decided to keep it.

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