What to get first?

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    So my light is finally set up and i am now looking to get my first coral. I am wondering what should i look for as being a total newbie to this? Do you know of any good articles I should read up on?
     
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    I LOOOOVE my ricordias they have an awesome look and various colors they are super easy as I am a noob too and my first one has doubled in size since I got it.
     
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    Zoanthids, mushrooms and leathers are nice easy beginner corals.
     
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    +1 on the zoas and mushrooms.
     
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    Yep,its pretty much all i have ....mainly because angels don't eat them:mrgreen:...
     
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    correct me if i am wrong but zoa's are the ones that need to be on there own rock other wise they take over right?

    What do i need to do to acclimate them to my tank? Is it a must to dip coral?
     
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    You are thinking of xenias, and they drop branches so keeping them on their own rock isnt a sure bet.

    I would say coral dip is a must, treating for pests is pain in the a**.

    And i personally am lazy and just toss the hardy stuff right in, after checking the salinities arent too different. Other wise i would acclimate them like you would any old fish or invert.
     
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    so these are my parameters as of today. I am planning on going to the LFS tomorrow go get my first corals as long as these are all okay.

    Ammonia: 0ppm
    Nitrite: 0ppm
    Nitrate: 0ppm
    PH: 8.2
    Phosphate: 0ppm
    Alk: 179ppm
    Calcium: 420ppm

    I do believe all of these are all good i just wanted to see what you all think. The ones i am really wondering about is the alkalinity, and the calcium.

    Thanks!
     
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    Everything looks good. Unless you're going to buy some SPS and/or clams you won't need to worry about the Calcium or Alk at all.
     
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