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Old 10-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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Tank redesign

I'm considering redesigning my and, like moving some of my lava rock around and laying some sand on top of my crushed coral. I have a question though, when I do a water change my LFS mentioned that I could end up sucking up some of my sand if not all. He said that when I do a change I should get a strainer with very think wholes but I have yet to find one with holes smaller than the sand. Is there anywhere in specific I should be shopping for this? Or perhaps any other suggestions? And would I be able to mix and match different colors of sand? Or just stick with one color?
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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I'm not a fan of sand as it can contain selenium and other things. As far as siphoning goes, if you restrict the opening it won't draw water properly. I would just siphon and then remove and clean any substrate you accidentally suck up and put it back in the tank.
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Will sand end up damaging my tank or current Eco system? I'm assuming the things you told me it contains could damage my tank somehow...
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No, just be careful what kind you use. There have been several threads about this in the last few weeks.
I like crushed coral, as that is what is generally found on the reef and it has buffering qualities. But some creatures like jawfish need a finer bed of substrate.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:35 PM   #5
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Ok! Thanx for the heads up, I'll make sure I research before buying any!
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What do you know about mushrooms? I have a relatively small mushroom coral and I would like it to grow and thrive. My LFS said it would take years which I'm prepared to wait but what do you suggest for placement? Right now I have it on the bottom of my tank, it's not laying flat and it's just below one of my lava rocks which give it a little shade.
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Mine grow wherever there is even a little light. They grow in high and low flow in my system. Once established, they are easy to grow.
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My mushrooms are thriving midway in the tank ! But they seem to do well almost anywhere although not all species have the same light/flow requirements ! A general rule of thumb with most corals is to start them at the bottom and gradually move them up when and if necessary !

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I can't seem to tell what kind of mushroom I have. Here is a photo
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:29 PM   #10
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I can't seem to tell what kind of mushroom I have. Here is a photo
Actinodiscus, or a blue mushroom Ricordea.
I call them "smooth" mushrooms.
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