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Old 07-07-2004, 07:16 PM   #1
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GARF grunge?

I'm looking into getting a few(10ish) lbs. of GARF grunge, and maybe some (5ish lbs.) of GARF grunge plus. I have a Deresa clam...and since I love how cool the tridacnas are, it's probably the first of a few. I read that bristleworms will eat the clams, and I currently have none in my tank. Does anyone know if the grunge contains bristleworms? Does anyone recommend the grunge, or an alternative? Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2004, 07:25 PM   #2
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Dan,

My first question is how do you know you dont have any in your tank? I'm assuming you have LR. If so, I'm not sure how you would get ALL of the bristle worms out of the rock. And they are reproduce very easily..it would only take one.
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I went through a very tough setup period. The tank leaked....twice. So, the LR got dumped in a sump w/ no LS, the LS went into a large bin w/ almost no circulation. The LR survived, and I found 2 bristles dead in the bottom. The sand...well the sand is starting from scratch. I've seen no bristles...ever, not in the months it's been setup (since about Feb). I'm assuming they all got killed off during the chaotic setup time :-\.

Do they even eat clams? If they do, what does everyone else do about them?
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the ate my zoo so i put him in my sump with some sand and some live rock. he is happy there and he cant hurt any thing.
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Old 07-07-2004, 09:53 PM   #5
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I too am interested in Garf's Grunge or the Grunge Plus to try to add a little bit more life to my refugium and sandbed.. anyone have any stories on it.. it looks like the Grunge Plus consists of pretty large gravel...
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<duplicate post> Ack!
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Old 07-11-2004, 12:20 PM   #7
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I don't have clams, but I haven't seen any problems from bristleworms.

I didn't have any in my 25 gallon tank and then I added some lr I got from a 100 gallon tank. The rock was kept by itself for a month or two without seeing anything on it. After setting up the rock in my 55 I have seen at least 3 or 4 that come out right in front.

If you're concerned about them, try some arrow crabs, but I have no idea what else they will do when they're done hunting.
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I put the grunge into a 10 gallon nano I started about a month ago. They gave me some free when I ordered the softy special and the timing was right. I have to say that for cycling it's the way to go, I have tons of copepods and tiny serpents etc. all over already and that was not the case the last time I cycled. Although who knows what you get out of the live rock, every piece is unique. I would recommend it though as my corraline algae is taking off already in there, very quick I would say. It is fairly big chunks, about the size of cc with some real fine dust in there too. It's all very corraline covered, I spread it on some of my concrete rocks and in one month they're already growing alot of purple on them.
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Has anyone added this to an existing tank. I wanted to try to get some before I got my 55 going, but now it's up and running.

I'm looking to add some fish and if I do decide to get some grunge, then I'll have to get some soon. I have 1 Regal Tang and two damsels.
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