Dead coral

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  1. nakoma

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    i have about 50 kg of chunks of coral some large some smaller is it possibble for me to crush it myself and use it as a fine coral sand is there any recomended way of crushing it or is it just better to go and buy newly packed coral sand ?
     
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    Anything is possible, the finer the better, the only question is wether its worth all the work.
     
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    Rather use sand from below the Low water mark, there is already some life in it that will survive and make your cycle much shorter
     
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    thanks i think i will go for the sand option and i think i will crush the coral as well i like hard work crushing it all day long till the sun goes down will give me lots to look forward to
     
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    maybe i will combine the 2 use sand and mix it with some crushed coral yea i like that idea if anyone has a nice way of crushing coral let me know please i tried some and saw that the pices that brakes of looks rather sharp and very pointy
     
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    If you can find a hammermill that someone will will let you use, maybe otherwhise its going to be slog
     
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    when you say Dead coral.are you refering to stuff like dead acros and brain corals,etc... or coral head live rock(the bigger pieces like fiji rock)?
     
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    mostly ded brain coral and coral washed up on the shore line and some chunks of coral that was pumped out from deap sea dreager
     
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    IMO you are wasting your time trying to crush it.
     
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    and the reason you say it whould be a waste of time ? really whould like to know
     
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    Nakoma, what size are those, damn that might be some nice potential live rock
     
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    lots of diffrent sizes big small biger been collecting for 20 years i am going to attempt crushing soon i am soaking the coral so they are nice and full of water when i attempt the crushing
     
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    Nakoma, I would rather collect FREE sea sand, and start glueing those coral skeletons into some nice shape for "live" rock once its seeded it will look stunning
     
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    great idea thanks for the tip maybe you could get me started on that and if you like i can share you somje nice pices i will keep the larger pices and crush the smaller ones i am going to post a pic now of my first attempt to crush smaller pices
     
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    The problem with trying to crush them yourself is that it will be extremely difficult to get a nice consistent fine texture. I have tried this and quickly gave up. For me it was just not worth the effort.
     
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    before crushing i am a very paintent person and will spend a liftime in getting done what i want to get done that is why i love this hobby [​IMG]
     
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