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Old 03-02-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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putting fossilized coral in tank?

i saw this at petsmart today when i went to get a test kit:
CaribSeaŽ Reef Rock Fossilized Coral Rock - Fish - PetSmart
i was thinking of adding some of that because i dont have much live rock in my tank but i cant really afford $8.50 a pound. the coral is 5 pounds.


do you think it will be safe and will it affect my pH?




also, what is a good stocking idea for a 2 gallon tank?
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I got a few pounds of it I cant find a home for. its all fossilized, some crystalized pieces. I can snap pics if you are interested but its been to a few fish swaps with me without even a serious inquiry.
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I got a few pounds of it I cant find a home for. its all fossilized, some crystalized pieces. I can snap pics if you are interested but its been to a few fish swaps with me without even a serious inquiry.
is it in your tank?
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not mine but a tank that I got at a foreclosure clean out, it was in there but it was an african cichlid FW tank., I boiled and steam cleaned it all but I keep soft FW cichlids like discus and cant use the stuff at all.

I am assuming it can go in there since crushed coral is fossilized as well I think.
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so it would actually help the pH cause doesnt crushed coral help pH?
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I thought crushed coral raised the Ph due to the calcium.
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is raising it bad?
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the surface area on those rocks won't be as effective as a CC or sand grain sized aragonite bed. the more area the water touches, the better off something like this will work.
raising the ph isn't bad if it's low.
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the surface area on those rocks won't be as effective as a CC or sand grain sized aragonite bed. the more area the water touches, the better off something like this will work.
raising the ph isn't bad if it's low.
what do you mean by "CC" and "sand grain sized aragonite bed"?
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CC= crushed coral
Carib Sea 0150 Florida Crushed Coral Aquarium Gravel, 40 lbs

sand grain sized aragonite -
Carib Sea Super Reef Aragonite Sand - 40lbs

i prefer the latter. the smaller grains will not allow much detritus( uneaten fish food and poop) to settle between them.
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