Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-14-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 89
dead coral

I am searching around at dead coral as a "natural" look decoration. Was wondering if I got a porous coral would it eventually colonize like live rock? Can anyone recommend some good porous corals can not tell from pictures would staghorn or any branch type be porous?
__________________

__________________
Mike1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 08:42 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Retired_AF's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Gastonia, NC
Posts: 738
I have been wondering the same thing, as I am in the process of setting up my first tank. I asked this very question to the guy at one of our saltwater specialty lfs's and his response was that these pieces would have the beneficial bacteria and possibly some coraline algae growth on the branches as they cure and absorb the nutrients from the water. Also, smaller fish would be able to use it as a protective cover, depending on the spread of the pieces. The coral wouldn't start growing, of course, but it wouldnt stay the same as it is on the shelf.

He said the downside was that the branches would also catch any floating debris if there were anything like large flakes or pieces of the filmy algae (forgot what he called it) that grows on flat surfaces (like glass or the plastic walls from the overflow) that break away for whatever reason and detract from the look of the tank.

Let us know what you decide and how it turns out.
__________________

__________________
Jim
Why do I love fish? Because every time I stare into the little world I have created for them, every problem I have just floats away....
Retired_AF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 08:43 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: NC
Posts: 3,287
I have several skeletons in my tanks most look like maybe wall hammers and frogspawn. There is a lot of little critters living in and around them. They do turn purple like live rock as well.
__________________
joy13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 89
sweet sounds like a plan not just have to try and find a reputable place that sells them. Most places sell artificial corals.
__________________
Mike1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 05:09 PM   #5
Giant Clam Addict
Community Admin
 
Sniperhank's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Summerville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 18,550
I have one piece of dead coral that came in my LR shipment. It is great and is covered in green and purple algae.
__________________
Sniperhank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 89
picture and measurements please?
__________________
Mike1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mrc8858's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 5,834
I don't know what kind of shops you have around you but a few here like wet pets right out side Pittsburgh keeps boxes of lace rock rubble and usually when I look in the bottom the smaller skeletons have fallen thru. I've collected quite a few nice pieces doing this so make sure to always check the bottom of the boxes/bins
__________________
Mrc8858 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 05:27 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 89
I don't really have much by me considering being in connecticut sometimes I wish I was down in flordia to get these deals etc I read about lol.
__________________
Mike1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mrc8858's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 5,834
Now that I think about it I really haven't ever seen anyone selling strictly dead coral which ends up looking beautiful once it begins developing coraline....tell ya what, I make trips up there once every couple weeks so ill start keeping my eye out and snatch up everything I find in the piles and if I find enough I would be willing to sell it to you if you'd like... Here's a picture of mine some older with coraline and others fresh and still white
__________________
Mrc8858 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 89
wow, those are pretty beautiful. If you find any smaller pieces that would be awesome only have a 20g so don't go crazy haha
__________________

__________________
Mike1989 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coral, dead

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
dead coral beauty angel Nosaj81 Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 21 09-07-2011 08:13 PM
Is my coral dead? dorylvr59 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 08-22-2011 08:17 PM
Bubble algae & a dead coral frag bobnjen Saltwater Reef Aquaria 1 08-09-2011 01:59 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.