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Old 10-14-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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Coral skeletons as base rock?

Can I use coral skeletons as base rock in my saltwater tank?
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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You can, but they will get brown with algae and you will have to remove them and bleach them about once a month to keep them white. That kills all the beneficial bacteria, which can cause problems depending on what else you have in there.
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Live rock is made of coral skeletons. Don't worry about removing them to keep them white. Let them get covered with coralline, and corals!
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Even if I'm seeding them with Fiji rock they will turn brown? I want that nice purple.color
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That's coralline algae. That has to be introduced. If it's not on the live rock you are putting in, it wont show up on it's own.
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The purple coraline algae will come in time with good water parameters. Please note you will need to introduce coraline to seed the rest of your rock.
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Agreed..,if you aren't looking to keep the pure white look, you can shoot for coralline.
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Will my purple Fiji seed it and cover it purple , not brown? What would be the best way to clean the rock, I get it off my beaches here in SWFL. I have about 60-70 lbs in my cichlid tank which I bleached then dechlorinated . Can I use the same method? This might be a dumb question. But can I just put it in my tank seeing how its coming from saltwater?
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If you can get coralline growing in your tank, it should eventually cover it. In my experience, the ugly brown and/or green stuff grows faster and easier, so you might get a brown period until the purple kicks in.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:38 PM   #10
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OK..BTW sorry for asking about the coralline after like 10 of you told me about it. I'm using the app and Idk what happened but I didn't see your replies earlier! And yes I'm introducing about 20-25lb of live Fiji rock with coralline
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