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    What can touch?

    I have a 65g and all is well, I have been looking at a lot of other systems and many things are touching each other. I have been diligent to keep all of my corals from coming into contact with other species. This creates an unnatural look. Is there a rule to follow? Can some things touch like zoos and frogspawn? Here is a short list of things in the tank

    Acropora
    Frogspawn
    zoos
    candy coral
    brain coral
    leather
    flowerpot
    birds nest
    duncan
    zinnia
    mushrooms

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    maxim clam
    firefish
    hipo tang
    foxface
    chromis
    stripped blenny
    dimmond back goby
    frimani

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    to answer your question most species can touch like i have a euphylia garden (torch,hammer,frogspawn) on the other hand i had a bunch of acans next to each other and for some reason on of them decided to destroy the other one. i have several monti caps growing on each other. all my zoanthids are growing next to each other as well.
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    Actually, MOST species cannot touch, without a negative impact, on one or the other. There are exceptions to this rule, as some corals, within the same family, can touch one another, with no issues. Such as Hammer/Frogspawn. Different colors of Monti cap can usually touch. Zoanthids can usually touch one another, though one will usually become dominant and take over the other. Whenever most corals touch one another, they will compete for space, with one usually losing out. Sometimes, a 'stalemate' will be reached, with each growing around each other.

    Even within the same family or species, most SPS will combat one another.

    Different species of Acans will do battle also.

    As a general rule, it's good to give most of our corals space. If they do grow to close to one another, watch for stinging, and be prepared to separate.
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    thanks for the clarification i noticed i forgot to add the "t" to the word can.
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