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Old 06-30-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Question Whats the best way to clean your crushed coral?

I was just wondering if Im am keeping my crushed coral and moving my tank...should I
-spray it with a hose and rinse it with cold water
-boil it to get all the detris out and start fresh
or- do I need to change it every other yr or so b/c I know the crushed coral likes to harbor debris.... I like it for my large fish only setup.
I am going to setup another tank with sand and small fish..Thats what I started with and I enjoyed that with lots of crabs and snails...

My primary tank is empty now and I am debating on how to clean the crushed coral. I put some of it back in the tank I moved my fish into to keep to ecosytem filled with friendly bacteria.
Please let me know your imput on how to clean the crushed coral.
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I would get rid of it myself. It Really will keep lots of debris in it. But if you must keep it, get a large strainer and rinse it with a hose. Leave it out in the sun, to bleach, and you wont have to boil it.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:30 AM   #3
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In my case, do you suggest getting rid of it b/c I am starting up my tanks fresh... b/c they have lots of debris....
Or, are you a fan of the sand instead?
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I say get rid of it and start anew. I pefer sand because it`s easier to keep clean but if that`s what you want then buy new. The old will have too much trash in it. CC is very cheap. Just make sure you rinse the new out pretty good to avoid the dust storm.
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I too would opt for a sand bed instead of cc. There's less work with a sand bed, the CC needs to be vacuumed regularly and still traps detritus.

If you are going to keep it, is it still wet and in the tank or was the tank drained and the cc dried out?

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Well, its been a day now...The crushed coral has partly dried out.
I did transfer some in a bucket with some water, but only about half yesterday..I wasnt sure what I wanted to do with it..... Does that mean I should toss it if it dried with some debris in it? I think I know the answer to that...
-Is it better to have a THICK bed of crushed coral, or a fine layer to keep things filtering easier????

I didnt expect everything to take so long, transfering and all....(I was busy and had my carpets cleaned!)


I do like the sand alot better...just worried that harbors alot of debris and cannot be vaccumed out. Now that I have the larger fish I cannot have crabs, snails, and bottom feeders to keep the bed clean. The sand is fluffy and seems maybe to filter okay.
-How exactly do you clean the sand other than rinsing it when you get it and scrubing along it with a spongy pad? You cant vaccume it, no bottom feeders, does it harbor debris less than cc??


I'm going to use sand for my small fish aquarium, but debating on the larger fish tank.
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I do like the sand alot better...just worried that harbors alot of debris and cannot be vaccumed out.
Just the opposite the sand will be less likely to trap trash and a good goby such as a bullet goby who sifts all the time will help to clean the sand. Here is mine and he keeps the sand turned over all the time. That is mine in the pic.

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Is the Bullet Goby better with small fish, or larger aggressive fish? I have a feeling my larger fish wont allow anyother fish into the tank...they are pretty happy now. I could get one for my smaller tank if he wont eat, or be aggressive twords sm. fish or any crusteceans.
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Actually the way a sandbed works is you don't vaccume it out. Sand is not going to trap as much "junk" as crushed coral will and sand also provides more surface area for bacteria to grow and filter your water. As the others have said sand is a better option for a tank. A sand sifting goby as Mike mentioned or a fair amount of Nassarius snails or a sand sifting starfish will keep things looking good. I opted for a LOT of nassarius snails rather then the fish or the star.

If you are moving the tank and your CC has dried out some and is now back in water, I think the best option for you sis to get rid of it and buy sand.
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You don't clean the sand, you get critters (snails) that keep it clean for you.
What species of fish do you have in this tank?
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