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Old 02-23-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Crushed Coral / Fish compatibility ?

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I recently took the plunge and bought 100lbs of CC for a 150g tank. Thinking about the ease of cleaning (sand would siphone up to easily) but now that I've been reading more, it looks like I made the wrong decision because I'll be doing more cleaning. I talked to the LFS about exchanging it for Sand but they said that I've already placed it in my tank and wouldn't take it back.

I want to do a Nemo style tank for my kids, but with more Live Rock then the movie and I wanted to know if I am limited to certain species because of the large jagged CC.

We want to have all the fish in the tank except for Gill (I read he was hard to maintain) and I was concerned that I made a mistake. Since I only have 50lbs of Live Rock and the CC in it, if recommended by experts here, I'd sacrafice the CC and use it for another project in the future and buy the sand.

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Old 02-23-2009, 11:09 PM   #2
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If the coral has not been used,(put in the tank and then filled) you should be able to sell it localy(hopefuly). I say localy because, I am sure that nobody wants to pay shipping for a 100lb box. I personaly run a deep sand bed, 6", so you don't even need to vacuum it. It takes care of itself. Oh, stay away from the puffer to, unless you want it to eat you invertabrates, which it will. Just make sure that the fish that you get are compatable before you go an promise your kids that they can have a "nemo" tank. I noticed a few in the movie that are not compatable but are friends in the movie. I am not sure what they are now, it has been a while. I would advise that you think of at least doubling the amount of live rock that you have as well.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:33 AM   #3
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The sandbed in my tank looks to be about 2.5"-3" thick. Do you think I'll need more so I don't have to worry about siphoning it constantly?

I've read up on "Nemo" tanks and there are a lot of guides on what are compatible or not. I definitely won't get a puffer since I know their pretty aggressive. My focus on the setup is to get it as colorful and and maintenance free as possible(aside from monthly water changes).

Thanks for the advice.
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Well, in a 150g tank you would need about 2-3 more bags to bring it up to a 6" level, if it is already at 3". It certainly wouldn't hurt. There are other ways around vacuuming. I have a golden headed sleeper goby, and he does a fantastic job of sifting the sand and eating all the "garbage" on the bottom. I bet your kids would love to see that guy in action to. There are all kinds of clams and hermit crabs and starfish that you can get that also clean the sand very well to, and would make a more lively tank.
Well, your post got me intrigued to watch the movie again, so I just started it. I have also been doing a bit of poking around to and found a link for you that might realy help out List of Finding Nemo characters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a list of all of the characters, and then from there you can figure out wich ones are compatable or not.

Oh, and I noticed you said "monthly water changes" I know a lot of people that would want you shot for doing them that rarely. I do a %5 2 times a week. I have read about some people that have an automatic system that does a water change everyday(but a small amount) The more frequent the changes the better. Just do them smaller. I always have some salt water going. It is easy once you get a routine. I can get it done in 2 minutes, no problem. But if that often is too much for you right now, 2 weeks is pretty much maximmum that you should go.
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:57 AM   #5
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If you can afford it now, I'd ditch the crushed coral and replace with sand. Consider it a loss, but you'll be sorry later and go thru a lot of effort to switch it out and buy new sand anyway IMO. Or is that what you already did?

What's next on the checklist?

Read the articles section at this site on fishless cycling? That's a must.
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I agree with Ray. If possible sand is the way to go but if you can not then vacuuming your CC will help. I only have a 2 inch sand bed. DSB`s serve their purpose but I personally dont like the look. Not saying anything bad about them.
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I've read tons of articles in the past week and my head is losing memory space. I'll read something new and lose something old =(

So far, just the rock and coral. I've added damsels as well but I'm taking them out in a couple of weeks so I can replace the CC with sand. 100lbs of sand should get me up to about 1"-1.5" deep, do you guys think I need more?
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I just noticed something weird in my tank. This thing has 5 or 6 legs all coming out of a center head looking thing. The legs look like tentacles, kind of bristled haired and moves like a worm. I'll try and snap a photo, but it hides its heads so his legs stick out looking like bristle worms.
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You didn't read the fishless cycling article did you.
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If it is what I am thinking about, then they are nothing to worry about. You will notice a lot more on the bottom of rocks and stuff. I caught this one on the glass one day while doing something. Usualy you just see their arms sticking out of rocks. Wait until night and go and look when most of the light are off, with a flashlight, and you might find all kinds of other things to.
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