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Crushed coral?

12 years 1 month ago #16461 by nuth88
Replied by nuth88 on topic Crushed coral?
I have used crushed coral for years and it was great for my Africans, could be sharp, yes, but also great for buffering. I know tons of people who use it, I mixed it with gravel and it was awesome.

But I am not expert, just giving you my great experience with it and my 10 plus years with The Old World.

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12 years 1 month ago #16460 by acer
Replied by acer on topic Crushed coral?
ive always had a problem with re using crushed coral in freshwater tanks because of the fish smell.... not sure if just wasnt rinsed right but i hate the smell...

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12 years 1 month ago #16458 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic Crushed coral?
Just because it's rinsed doesnt mean it's clean.

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12 years 1 month ago - 12 years 1 month ago #16457 by dragonkeeper
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I have used crushed coral as a substrate for a while in a 55. Never had any problems (except for Malaysian trumpet snails) fish loved to dig through it. It looks good if done right and kept clean.

As far as the microorganisms go I would thoroughly rinse the used gravel no matter where or who I got it from.

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12 years 1 month ago #16455 by klassichobbies
Replied by klassichobbies on topic Crushed coral?
Excellent points. I totally forgot about how cichlids sift and also, what i call, scratch themselves. I probably could resell most of the SW equipment anyway. The problem is who would buy it....  ??? ??? ???

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12 years 1 month ago #16448 by fishlady
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Existing microorganisms will probably not do well in a freshwater environment since they were grown in saltwater. The problem I imagine with using crushed coral is how sharp the pieces are. Many cichlids like to sift through the sand and crushed coral may cut their mouths. Also, Africans will sometimes flash, sort of a dive sideways against the substrate.

The coral is a very expensive substrate so perhaps you can find a buyer for it. Then I suggest getting sand for your substrate.

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12 years 1 month ago #16447 by klassichobbies
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well this guy didn't really have a salt water tank. the water had the right salinity for fish to live but he didnt have any coral or invertebrates. he had plastic plants for decor which strikes me as odd for SW. still the possibility of microorganisms?

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12 years 1 month ago #16446 by rm-slover
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I might be a little cautious. The coral may have salt residue remaining on it which may be harmful to cichlids. Also marine tanks have different microorganisms that live in the substrate such as crabs and worms.

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12 years 1 month ago #16445 by klassichobbies
Is this stuff any good as substrate for africans? can it harm the fish at all or does it benefit them? im looking to buy a used 90 gal and it was previously marine, so the coral is used.

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