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Old 12-06-2003, 12:16 AM   #1
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coarline question

How soon after the cycle or even during it how soon can I start to work on the coarline? Also what supplements do you give the live rock to start it?? Unfortunatly the LR in the Fish Store and what I bought from them were very different and I really like the pink purple look of the coraline... how do I do that??

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Old 12-06-2003, 12:45 AM   #2
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The best thing for coralline is not much different than any other CaCO3 animal in the tank. Proper chemistry; alk, Ca and Mg and med-high lighting but with the coralline it will do better with an emphasis on the actinic photoperiod. Maintaining the chemistry at least in the beginning will be easiest through weekly water changes. The rock needs nothing special other than what I've mentioned. That and time As the tank progresses you may wish to look into alternate methods for maintaining the chemistry but for now they should not be needed.

If you do not already have the pink/purple coralline on the rock you will need to seed it from an outside source. This can often be done by adding some sand from an established tank, purchasing some small rock that contains the coloration you want or possibley some Garf Grunge.

Once in the tank, all you need do is keep the chemistry in line seed the rest of the tank with coralline by sporing the water column. Turn off the skimmer when doing this and then gentley scrape or brush the coralline that is there and it should eventually spread. Leave the skimmer off for only a few hours to allow the coralline spores to settle out onto the rocks and such. If you are the patient type, simpley placing the coralline encrusted rock in front of a high water flow area will do mcuh the same but will take a little longer...

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So to get the coraline I have to have it but none of the LFS will sell thiers.. hmmm what to do??? and suggestions would be great

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When all else is unavailable, you can get some <<Garf Grunge>>

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