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Old 03-25-2011, 06:34 AM   #1
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Cleaning my crushed coral

Hi I am about to do my first water change in my 55 gal tank now I was wondering when I'm doing a 1/3 tank refill do I clean my ground substrate (crush coral) or will this stir up the ammonia in my tank
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Old 03-25-2011, 07:19 AM   #2
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I always vacuum mine and havent seen any change but idk. Could be a better way to do it
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So you have to clean it or will my ammonia lvl rise?
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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You're gonna have to vacuum it. Might as well do it now and every water change IMO since cc is a notorius place for gunk and higher nitrates over time. So many people try to change it down the road to sand.
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I didn't know that. Learn something new every day

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Yes...clean it right out of the tank and put in sand. if you don't now you will eventually. It will cause high nitrates.
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My LFS sells live sand that's been in there display tanks for $1 a pound. I know where I'm going.

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Thanks for the input will have to replace crushed coral with live sand
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