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Favorite "Low End" Corals

Discussion in 'Coral' started by BrianH, Jan 17, 2017.

  1. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I was just reading the latest entries on Seth's build thread and it got me thinking... Now, I'll be the first one to admit that I frequently get geeked out about fancy named, high dollar, crazy colored corals, but there are so many awesome common less expensive corals out there. That being said, I decided these corals needed a thread in their honor. My personal favorite "low end" coral is pulsing xenia. There are no other corals quite like these hypnotic beauties. I'm not sure if it is still there, but elite reef used to have an amazing cube filled with pulsing xenia. Attached is a link to a nice article explaining why they pulse... What is your favorite "low end" coral?

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...aily_TrendMD_1
     
  2. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have to say one of my favorites happens to be my first coral, which is the giant elephant ear mushrooms. They are bright green and when fully opens and splayed out on the sand bed they look very similar to a carpet nem.
    I have also seen some pretty amazing leather corals that often times are considered low end, that grow out into these beautiful colonies, with plenty of movement to hypnotize you like the xenia can too
    http://www.wiki-reef.com/CoralSpecimen.aspx?cid=168
     
  3. MuralReef

    MuralReef Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I really like GSP and birds nests.
     
  4. MuralReef

    MuralReef Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Funny I saw Seth's post too and that got me thinking about the same thing. For the big tank at school I am planning on giving up on the high end stuff and going with easy stuff like this. While my students do appreciate the diversity they don't know the difference between a freebie and a $100 frag!
     
  5. neil82

    neil82 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like the candy cane coral. One of the first frags that really took off and grew for me. Love the look under blue LEDs when the polyps open up and extend.
     
  6. Roscoe

    Roscoe Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I've got some gsp and mint polyps that you can have on a DBTC
     
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  7. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    We all have tons of those lol
     
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  8. MuralReef

    MuralReef Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I am good on both but thanks for the offer!
     
  9. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Green slimer. Most circular zoas (rasta, scrambled eggs, blonies, hornets, etc.). Plating montipora.
     
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  10. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    I was just talking to someone about this general topic! I plan on having a SPS dominant tank, but I'll have a little island of GSP on the sand bed for sure! I just want to be able to contain them, but a really satisfying coral.
     
  11. spinycheek

    spinycheek Users with zero posts needing moderation to determine if they are spam bots

    I always love Monti caps, basic green zoanthids and Ricordea.
     
  12. Bdk1786

    Bdk1786 Amphipod

    Always a sucker for Birdsnest and GSP.
     
  13. sethsolomon

    sethsolomon Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    My favorite "low end" is green toadstool leather. And the bread and butter zoas from Vietnam. Tons of color for super cheap.
     
  14. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    One of my favorite cheapies are Duncan's.
     
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  15. Ghxst

    Ghxst Prawn

    RFA's, all the joy of having an nem without the worry of stinging other corals or eating live stock.
     
  16. Texco

    Texco Copepod

    Kenya Trees
     
  17. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I have to add Yellow scroll too
     
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  18. halmus

    halmus Prawn

    Yellow scroll is at the top of my list. One one my favorite. I've never considered it a "low end coral" because I rarely see mature colonies outside of public aquariums. The best colonies I've seen were at the public aquarium out on Staten Island.
     
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  19. kane4fire

    kane4fire Copepod

    I love pulsating xenia's because of their movement :)
     
  20. ReefCheif

    ReefCheif Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hollywood stunner
     

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