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Live rock from a saltwater tank?

Postby Tony B. » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:48 pm

I am shutting down my saltwater 180 gal and would like to know if I could use some of the 200lbs worth in this tank with cichlids?

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Postby DJRansome » Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:46 pm

Yes. But everything alive must be thoroughly dead and washed off/out. And keep in mind the rock is rough and cichlids dart about and accidentally bash into the rocks. So you may have more scrapes and eye-gouges with live rock than you would with river rock.
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Postby Totalimmortal363 » Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:18 pm

Better off selling it off for money for a smoother more "cichlid safe" rock IMO
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Postby Tony B. » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Thanks, I will sell the rock as soon as I get all the livestock to a good home.
Want to make sure I get this as best as I can the first time around.

Would crushed coral work for African Cichlids? Or should I use sand?
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Postby Totalimmortal363 » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:09 pm

Sand looks better IMO but crushed coral works too.
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Postby DJRansome » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:16 pm

Sand IMO. If you have buffer issues I like the crushed coral in my filters, not as a substrate.
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Postby Tony B. » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:29 pm

Yes, KH out of the tap is 2.9-3.2. I was trying to help it a little. I am planning on using my existing sump and not a filter. Do you think I should use a filter?
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Postby Anthraxx8500 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:59 pm

i love the crushed coral + sand mix. its what i use in my tank now and i love the texture it gives me. the fish also seem to dig playing around in it.
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Postby Tony B. » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:02 am

Thanks, sounds like a good plan for the substrate.

I plan on using my existing 75 gal sump changed into a wet/dry with bioballs in the first section. Would it be a good idea to add some of the existing live rock in the second section to help buffer the water?

Sorry for all the questions but I am trying to use as much as I have for this setup. As long as it's the best way to go.

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Postby DJRansome » Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:32 am

Unless the live rock is crushed, it won't help much.
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33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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