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 Post subject: Crushed Coral
PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:02 am 
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Have any of you guys every used crushed coral as your substrate??? I know Big Jim uses it, and wanted to know if you have any problem with the water getting cloudy from the coral. I'm mainly looking at purchasing some crushed coral as substrate cause i like the whole idea of having it as a buffer for my Ph level mainly.
Opinions and personal experiences with it are more then welcome and appreciated.

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I have been looking at these two. Tell me what you think.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ct ... gravel20lb

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http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ct ... coral40lbs

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crushed coral can make a huge mess. you gotta clean it really well. wash it for a while in a bucket. you will still have some cloudiness.

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I'm really leaning towards this stuff! What do you guys think


http://www.caribsea.com/pages/products/ ... plete.html

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Sorry when you click the link theres going to be 3 choices its the first one, the sand.

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 Post subject: Re: Crushed Coral
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i actually use the gravel in my 125. it was hard to get cleanbut its fine. i also have used crushed coral in he past no problems buy it came in a burlap bag so pre rinseing was easy. also crused dolamite works well also.


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deadman which one do you use in your 125? The last link I posted?

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 Post subject: Re: Crushed Coral
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the cichlid gravel along with some crushed coral some filter sand and a bag of colored rock for some color.
oh yea the answer is yes from the last link you posted.


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I use crushed coral and mixed color gravel in one of my breeding tanks, and like the look. It is the larger crushed stuff with full sized shell pieces and what not. I had it originally in my front stock tank before reading that the sharper pieces can puncture eggs. It's very easy to clean In my experience.


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Thanks guys I will be ordering it then for my 125G! 99% sure now

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 Post subject: Re: Crushed Coral
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I have CC in my 125. I really debated before I decided to go with it. In retrospect, I should have gone with argonite.

The big drawback to CC is that our beloved Victorians are sifters........and CC can cut the inside of their mouths.

The other big drawback is prepare to spend all day rinsing your CC. I couldn't believe how long it took to finally get clean. I wasted way too much water rinsing the 40lbs I put in my 125g.

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i mix aragonite in with some play sand. usually a 30-40% mix. that way i dont spend to much on sand yet get a good buffer in the tank.

you can also go with regular sand and throw in a bag of crushed coral in the filter to help buffer.

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I'm doing bare tanks for the garage... I'm using play sand on my display tank...


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I finally went with a bunch of the eco-complete cichlid sand(the black and white mix). It's also got aragonite in it so I'm liking it a lot.

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Anthony";p="1770 wrote:
I finally went with a bunch of the eco-complete cichlid sand(the black and white mix). It's also got aragonite in it so I'm liking it a lot.


I think you made a wise decision! All you need now is to get good at vacuuming that sand. It took me a long time to get half way decent, I still cyphon up a couple of handfuls everytime I clean the tank.

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