when will dead crushed coral start to kill live sand? Question

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by fishaddiction, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. fishaddictionValued MemberMember

    When I started my tank I added 30 pounds of live sand but I then added a few pounds of crushed coral this coral wasn't living. How high does the coral have to be over the live sand to kill it (smother the bacteria) I was just wondering because I spent 50 dollars on it and i'm hoping it wasn't a waste. Also I walked in petco (not my lfs) to look and see if they ever had anything healthy in there tank to consider for next week as a purchase and I don't usually buy things on the spot but they said they didn't get this cool blenny in so I asked are they easy to care for and she wasn't there specialist but knew some stuff about fish so I bought the blenny and I did some research and I knew it was a scooner blenny I just didn't know it was actually a dragonet I wasn't planning on getting one of them unroll around February or maybe later. As it turns out this fish isn't refundable so I'm stuck with it the fish is tank bred so I'll try to feed it brine shrimp and see how it goes. I'm starting o rabble back to main question is the sand smothered and the bacteria dead or can it still be alive the deepest point of coral in there is 1 inch also what is the dragonets main food I can't remember the name. :( all I wanted was a blenny stupid sales pitch :(
  2. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    Fishaddiction, this is going to sound very harsh, but it needs to be said:

    For the sake of that dragonet, get it to someone who who has an established setup, and has the required experience to look after it properly. Dragonets are one of the most, if not the most, difficult species to keep. They have a specific diet, and even the most experienced reefers struggle to keep them alive..... and please do it fast, this blenny you've purchased is likely to die in a few days if not properly cared for.

    Never ever buy a fish on a whim, or on impulse, FW or SW, without sufficient knowledge. SW especially, given their care needs, and temperaments.

    Coral smothering bacteria and live sand? Who told you that, and what was their justification/reasoning? I can not think of a single reason, after years of fish keeping, that that theory would apply. Dead coral is the foundation of the reefs of the world. I'm happy to be proven wrong (and learn something), but honestly, that sounds ridiculous.

    I understand you are enthusiastic about SW, but (and I'm repeating myself) "Nothing good ever happens quickly in SW". They take time to develop, heck the reefs of the world are thousands of years old, and can't cope with the changing environments (e.g. 0.5 degree celsius change can cause coral bleaching events)

    To be successful in SW, the first thing you need to learn is patience. The Fishlore community is trying to help with your tank, we have already advised that your tank is too young, likely to be un-cycled, is definitely unstable, you've lost a clown fish already that we're not sure why yet.

    Both Jessi and I are doing our best to help you. Jessi's father has had a reef tank for 35 years, plus she did her own research for 2.5 years. I've done nearly 2 years of research, 9 months of it 'full-time', and that was before we even bought the tank or equipment. Neither of us dreamed of putting fish in a tank that is un-cycled, and not ready. Part of our research involved asking questions on forums (as you're doing) to determine how it all works. I can't tell you how many times I got told to stop and slow down, or that my tank was too young - I didn't add corals for 4 months, my anemone was at 6 or 7 months and even then I had troubles.

    I am by no means an expert in SW keeping, I have some experiences (good and bad) to draw on. Most of all, I respect the advice of those who have the experience, and I follow their advice to avoid their experiences. When I get told something won't work, I appreciate they are probably right.

    We can help you if you are prepared to slow-down and appreciate the advice and guidance we're trying to give, but if you go out and break the plan so to speak (e.g. impulse purchases), it will end in disaster (that I can promise you), you'll spend a lot of money, kill a lot of animals get depressed and give up on what is a very rewarding part of the hobby.

    So, if you're onboard, and ready to start slowly. I'm sure we can fix it.... it's up to you how much you let us help you.....
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2013