What to use as substrate

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  1. cassie1

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    Hi guys,

    I need help please!!!.

    I have bought a tank from a guy and got some crushed corel with.

    I want to know if it is okay to use it as a substrate or is it more advisable to use aragonite. Will it be bad if I use the corel. Will it matter if I put a layer of aragonite over the crushed corel or maybe just aragonite.
    Or playsand. Isnt that also an option? Cheaper though ;)

    Sorry guys for all the questions. Its my first time

    Thanks guys
     
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  3. Dane

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    Hey Cassie,

    Personally I wouldn't use coral chips as a substrate. They can trap detritus which will lead to nutrient problems. Sugarfine aragonite is the "deluxe" option, but one that I don't think is worth the money. I use natural sea sand in my tank and am very happy with it. Its not everyones first choice - some people say that its not "white enough". Playsand is also a very good option, but be prepared to wash it out very very thoroughly! (until the water runs clear).

    Good luck setting up the tank! The addiction is a strong one! ;-)
    and of course feel free to ask any questions you need to! Many of your queries may already be answered also - try the search tool bar and you'll find a wealth of info on this site.
     
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    I wouldn't use sugar fine aragonite. It is way to fine and blows all over the place. Rather use Fiji-Pink (It is white, don't know why they call it pink) or seaflor grade aragonite
     
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    Ah, can see how that would be a pain! Havent used the sugarfine stuff before.
     
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    The Fiji-Pink is much better. It looks exactly the same but the particles are a bit bigger, so it doesn't blow around as much.

    Sugar Fine: 0.10-1.00mm
    Fiji-Pink: 0.50-1.50mm
    Seaflor Grade: 1.00-2.00mm
     
  7. cassie1

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    Thanks Dane I appreciate it. Yes the addiction is really strong, hehe, not always good for the credit card!
     
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    Thanks Manic for the info. Will have a look at that!
     
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    If the crushed coral is 1 to 2mm in size then it will be fine. Playsand is good too, but you need to watch your pumps as they can blow it around a bit as it is very fine, aragonite is nice but really expensive.
     
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    I see you are in Pretoria, so using natural sea sand is a bit of an mission. Depending on your tank size.

    I got playsand, in my display and DSB. And I'm happy. Get a bag that you cannot pick up from Newlands Garden Center for R45 (about). Just wash it properly.
     
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    +1. Aragonite was out of my price range...
     
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    Hi Cassie1, I would also recommend Fiji Pink Aragonite. 90% of our clients use this and are extremely happy with this substrate.

    Please PM me if you need prices etc and I will gladly assist!:)
     
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