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Old 01-05-2004, 10:47 PM   #11
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Do they (fridmani) like sand with some crushed coral mixed in? I wasn't aware that you could do that, but as I'm reading further into the book, it says that other fish like some gravel or rubble mixed in the substrate. I guess that means the crushed coral?
They like many other fish of this type are just sifting for pods. FWIW, sand will still work just fine and IMO, a much easier to maintain substrate. With LR, they will get the same effect as the pick around the base for hiding critters...

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I've read that crushed coral can cause nitrate spikes, right? This is my first SW tank, and I will use sand as a substrate, because I want to keep it fairly easy! But can I use a cup or so of CC for the fridmani to play with?

Bizzybeas, what type of gravel do you have? I have some Estes brand gravel (beige-whitish) in my FW tank. I could put a little of that in the SW tank if the fridmani would like that. Or is this not a good idea? I want to do whatever will make the fish in my tank happy!
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Typically CC traps detritus very easily making the tank harder to maintain. It also has a much smaller surface area by volume for colonizing bacteria. If you feel the need to add a single cup of CC for whatever reason, I do not think it will be a problem.

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I have had both fish, the dottyback currently and yrs back the royal gramma i like the royal gamma more though, but the royal hides alot more.. the one i had acted wierd. He was in a 55gal tank with a couple of tomato clowns, and a wrasse (i think it was a blu green) and about 1/4 of the tank hieght was covered in rock walls, within the walls i had some broadleaf (looked like a palm tree sort of) calupera. when the lights would go out, the royal would swim into the broadleef and sleep there till the lights came back on and not move an inch. It wasn't that flashy but cute to watch none the less.
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Hi JProx and welcome! My bettas sleep like that in their plants...I've got some cute pictures of them doing that! I didn't think SW fish did it too!

Bizzybeas, if your substrate is sand, then the gravel that the dottyback plays with just comes from your LR?
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hey An t-iasg thanks!

lol i didn't either till around 8pm one night (when the lights would go out) i was in the same room as the tank, saw a yellowish spec go flying through the tank, i looked closer and saw the gramma all curled up and ready for bed. A real shame though, that i can't seem to find anymore of that 'speicies' of culpera though i would like to see if the dottyback would do anything.
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