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Coral Compatibility In A Nano Reef  10-6-2013
Hello crew,
I'm considering adding either some Sympodium, some Clavularia (purple glove polyps), some Cespitularia or all of the above to my nano reef.
The tank is a well-aged, (5 + years) six gallon with a few pounds of live rock, Xenia elongata, two hermit crabs (Clibanarius digueti), 2 Nerite snails, 2 Nassarius vibex snails, 1 ninja star Astrea snail, 1 twin spot blenny (Ecsenius bimaculatus) and one tiger goby (Elacatinus macrodon).
The lighting is supplied via a TMC AquaBeam Mini 500 tile on a controller turned up to only 30% of it's full capacity. The filtration is an Eheim 2232 canister filter with a layer of Eheim's coarse filter pad and a layer of fine filter pad topped off
with a layer of Poly Filter. The tank's total volume gets turned over about 20 times per hour and the system gets a 25% water change once a month. The pH is 8.3 but hits 8.4 during the last couple of hours of the photo period which is ten hours long. Temp stays @ 80 all year round and the spg. is kept at 1.025.
Alkalinity is 11dKH and Calcium is at 380ppm.
So my main question is, do you think that any or all of the three aforementioned corals would get along in this system?
<Mmm, maybe... I'd introduce/acclimate all to each other via mixing water back and forth for a few weeks... in this system and a separate isolation/quarantine>
I do have enough open space (scaped with branch rock) that I would be able to place the corals several inches
apart. I'm a little concerned about chemical warfare though - between them and the elongata. Should I be?
<Oh yes>

And any tips, pointers, (and possibly) the mention of any other corals that you think would likely do well in this particular tank would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much.
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