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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Someone told me that sand is a thing of the past and that they only run crushed coral now. They said sand will kill corals and that they never recommend it unless it is a FO tank. This was a guy at the LFS and he said they never use sand in their tanks. Any thoughts on this?
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, i am new to the marine fish thing, not new to fish though. I have a 5 week old tank with 2 clowns and 11 hermit crabs. Its very stressful, i have been reading alot of info and have seen and heard crushed coral( which i have) is not a good substrate. Is this true? Ive had many tanks and...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I have added a Yasha goby to a coral bed tank. I addressed this issue on another forum. I am going to replace my crushed coral bed with sand. How should I go about this? Should I use live sand? Will this stress my fish? Should I remove all crushed coral? Do I need to remove inhabitants? Thx in...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Hi. I am new to the game. I have a 29gal Oceanic BC about 2 months old. I have a media tray in place of bioballs in chamber 2 with chemipure and purigen. In chamber 1 I have Aquatic Life 115 skimmer. Along with my live rock I have: -Kenya Tree Frag -Green Star Polyp Frag -2 Clown fish -1...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    During my days working at the LFS I have accumulated a large amount of live rock rubble, crushed coral, shells and a plethora or calcuim carbonate skeletons. I am working out the plans on starting a 200g marineland deep dimension reef tank. My though was to crush up this rubble/crushed...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    ok all so im in the process of building my expansion 40 gallon long tank... right now ive got a 10G nano that is rapidly growing... and im in need of expanding. my big question is for substrates..... right now im using arag alive... its not a super fine sand but its probably what most of you...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hey TRT, I recently visited my brother in Seattle (I live in Texas) and while I was there went to the Seattle Aquarium. While there, I noticed, again, that most public aquariums use crushed coral for their substrate. So I got to thinking and well just the other night I converted from bare...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I want a watchman goby, pistol shrimp pair, but I want a substrate that is easy to clean. Can you have a goby with crushed coral?
  9. General Reef Discussion
    hey guys i have a 55 gallon tank. I have used crushed coral as the substrate and now i would like to change it.Unfortunately i can't afford live sand at the moment so i was thinking if i could use 20 kgs dolomite mixed with 5 kgs aragonite? Reply asap
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Is crushed coral a bad choice for substrate?
  11. General Reef Discussion
    New to this site and marine tank keeping. I have a 30 gallon tank that was 6 months old. I started with a 3 inch crushed coral bed, not knowing sand would be better in a reef environment. I never had any issues with my tank but wanted sand due to its look, and ability to have sand dwelling...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Ok i just took out all of my crushed coral in my 75 aquarium. I am trying to get a reef tank going, but right now i am battling nitrate problems. I have a couple of corals right now. So i took out all of the crushed coral and my tank is bare bottom with live rock right now. I just hooked up a...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Good Evening TRT!!! I would just like to tell you about the change from crushed coral to bare bottom. With crushed coral I continually had problems with cyanobacteria due to the trapped nutrients in the gravel (never do only crushed coral unless extremely thin) and thus I took the leap to...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    So I just got a new tank because my old one was leaking. I was told to either clean my old substrate (crushed coral) with saltwater or replace with new. Was told not to use fresh water since it would kill bacteria. Would like advise on which one would be better. Clean or buy new? Tank has been...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    When I told the manager at one of the LFSs that I was using crushed coral, about #4 size as my substrate, she said, "You can expect to have a lot of dead fish with that." What do you think that is all about? FYI: This crushed coral is one of my stupid-taxes. I had planned to buy aroganite...
  16. Non Coral Dominated Systems
    Hi. 30 gallon tank, 2 False Clownfish and some critters, live rock at the back crushed coral at the front. My clowns have changed behaviour tonight. They are both picking up large chunks(5-10mm) of crushed coral swimming around with it grabbing it off each other and having a bit of a scrap then...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Just set up my tank 2 wks ago, day 3 tested w/ API all parameters were normal for cycling tank except calcium-560. I have tested daily since and my calcium has steadily gone up to 620-today. Does anybody know why this is happening, should I worry and I would ask if I should let it precipitate...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    I really would like to get rid of my sandbed in my 5.5 NANO. The sandbed is about 1/2" thick if that as it was only around 2lbs of it. Can i take handfuls out at a time without removing the livestock? Is it going to stir up and cause a mini cycle? I will be replacing it with crushed coral if i can
  19. General Reef Discussion
    what substrate is the best for housing beneficial bacteria? Aragonite? Crushed coral?
  20. General classifieds
    http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/for/2585809484.html This is my tank local pick up only. Im selling this to support my saltwater build.
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