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Old 12-01-2003, 06:36 PM   #1
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Substrate; how much of what type?

I have a 77 gal in the process of cycling. I added 40 lbs of crushed coral in it. It covers about an inch of the bottom of the tank. My question is; is this substrate ok to use, is there anything better I can use? Also, how much should I have in the tank in regards to depth. Iím open for DSB discussions too.

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I wouldnt go with CC it leaves too many open spaces for detritus to get into and inflate your nitrates. I would go with a 1-2" sand bed. Aragonite would be my first choice. You can always just put it over the top of the cc if you dont wana take it out but i would just restart with the sand instead of CC
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IF you elect to keep the CC then I would keep the depth shallow and not go any deeper than the inch you have. Also you should sypohon the substrate when you do water changes to keep nitrates down. If your looking to go with a reef setup (ie corals) then I would suggest aganst the CC substrate and go with a DSB of 3-4" in depth where the overall average grain size of the sand is of sugar grain size.
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I would like to go with the reef soon. What type of sand would you recomend for the DSB?

If i do take out the CC, will that affect ammonia or anything like that?
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I have crushed coral in my tank and I have had problems with nitrates being high. Do you think it would be easier to change to aragonite the size od sugar or should I just get some sort of snails to do the work for me? I don't really like the look of the crushed coral, I didn't buy it myself by the way. If I do change from CC to aragonite, will it change the chemistry of my water a lot?? Any help would be great.

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