Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
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 01-12-2004, 03:13 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2
crushed coral from saltwater tank re-used in freshwater tank

I'm getting ready to get the old 75 gallon saltwater tank setup out of the barn and set it up as a freshwater tank.

My question is - Can I use the crushed coral gravel with freshwater? A large part of its purpose in the saltwater tank was to buffer the water's pH and I don't know if it would dissolve into freshwater creating a problem. Also, what about the coral I've collected?

Thanks
__________________

__________________
Sandy
Sandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2004, 03:26 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
QTOFFER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Kew Gardens, NY
Posts: 4,295
Whole and crushed coral will dissolve into the freshwater and raise the pH to levels that most freshwater fish could not tolerate. However, if you are planning to keep East African cichlids which actually prefer hard, alkaline water, the use of coral would be OK.

Remember to test your tank for leaks before setting it up. Fluctuating temperatures can play havoc with aquarium silicone seals.
__________________

__________________
QTOFFER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2004, 01:19 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 140
i have heard of others doing this and the main prob was that the water became cloudy from the coral dissolving.. this might not happen every time but thats just what i heard..
__________________
Cars and Fish what an interesting hobby combo
See my car at https://members.cardomain.com/tabitha9698
tabitha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2004, 11:29 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2
Thanks for the sound advice. I'll buy new gravel if we go with freshwater. My family is trying to talk me into saltwater again. Hmmmmm.
__________________
Sandy
Sandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2004, 12:05 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
TankGirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Richmond VA
Posts: 8,974
I used crushed coral in my filters for my African tank, and coral rock decorations, as I keep my pH raised and buffered with it. I do not have problems with cloudiness, but there is a sandy debris that accumulates, which is fine because I have buffering sand in there as well. If you have kept SW and would like colorful FW fish, there are many Africans that rival the beauty of SW fish, so this might be a way to go. If you already have hard, alkaline tap water it is easier to keep Africans, as well.
TankGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
coral, crushed, crushed coral, freshwater, freshwater tank, salt, saltwater, saltwater tank, tan

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
Freshwater tank turned into Saltwater tank??? RHINO13 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 13 12-02-2006 05:29 PM
Crushed Coral in Freshwater? caudelfin Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 05-29-2005 10:07 PM
Crushed Coral in Freshwater Tank? debbieg Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 06-22-2004 01:16 PM
crushed coral in ro/di water storage tank? douggiestyle Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 12-18-2003 04:50 PM
Convert Saltwater tank to Freshwater tank? Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 12-08-2003 03:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.