Preparing Coral Skeletons

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  1. Nism0

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    Hi people,

    I was given a box of coral skeletons which i thought would make for some nice scaping in the future.
    They have apparently been in a box for about 10 years (Maybe going on 20 :eek:)
    What would i need to do to them in order to use them in the tank?

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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i would suggest giving them a rinse in some RO water with a touch of bleach a day before using them, i would basically dip them and shake them underwater.. if they have been in storage for so long i doubt much would effect their integrity..
     
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    Winner. Thanks Leslie. This may be a daft question, but excuse the noob :tt2:

    Is it possible, and if so, what are the chances of another sps coral using the old skeleton structure. Not to just grow over, but actually use the existing pores?

    My gut says it wont happen, but i am no biologist. :)
     
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    Not going to happen.
     
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    I sincearly doubt its poissible, but then stranger things have happened :) at best a new coral will colonise and engulf the old skeleton, a fast growing coral like a GSP will make short work of a skeleton like that :)
     
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    Ok cool. Cant wait to get these in the tank. Will wash them in RO and a touch of Bleach and maybe just let them sit in old tank water for a few days to be sure.
     
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    It won't hurt :)
     
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