Coral recommendations?

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  1. Talia

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    Hey guys! I have had a FOWLR aquarium for several years now, but I finally decided to upgrade to a reef aquarium! The thing is, I keep getting conflicting advice on which corals would be good to get. I realize this probably gets asked all the time, but I really would like to know people's recommendations. I am not interested in anything too fancy at the moment, probably just softies/LPS. Things I'm concerned about are hardiness and how certain corals might overwhelm an aquarium.

    Aquarium info:
    About 30 gallons (30 inches long)
    Eflux Wave pump kit 660 gph (not at full power)
    Hydor Slim Skim Nano Protein Skimmer
    T5 HO dual lamp

    Nitrates ~5ppm

    Inhabitants: 2 ocellaris clowns and some hermit crabs
     
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    Mushrooms tend to be a lot of fun and colorful. Highly recommend as they are hardy and can easily be fragged and traded.
     
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    It really all depends on what you want to look at and if you're willing to put up with how some spread. Example, I hate Kenya trees due to the way they frag themselves and pop up everywhere but the wife has them in one of her tanks. Stuff like green star polyps, xenia, even zoas, are great as long as they aren't on the main rockwork as they will cover most of it eventually. This is just my opinion, others don't feel the same way.
     
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    starting with softies first then after several months of success moving to LPS would be a solid plan but it all depends on what your passion is.
     
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    Like Nick said... it all depends what you want. If you really like a coral you won't mind it taking over.

    Leathers can be nice as they are often easy to keep, stay put, and offer alot of size and movement.

    Sometimes it's easier to decide if it's color or texture you like better.

    Colt coral is awesome IMO.
    Ricordia & some mushrooms are awesome, avoid pink yumas.

    Neon green toadstool is pretty sweet.

    Green nepthia or sinulara.
     
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    For LPS, branching hammer corals or frogspawn have always been bulletproof for me. They are most hardy, in my experience, if you buy at least 2 heads.

    Some mentioned mushroom and green star polyps. Both of these are great beginners corals as well, but are more likely to become somewhat invasive.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the recommendations! I got a leather, zoas, and was talked into a hammer. All already seem to be doing pretty well! Hoping to get some mushrooms in the future, too
     

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