Coral from Aruba in FW tank?
My parents just came home from a trip to Aruba, and she took home a bunch of white coral.
I'm currently boiling a few small peices, and was wondering what else I had to do to make them aquarium ready!
Coral is made out of calcium carbonate, which will dissolve into your water making it hard. It's what's used to make those hard water cichlid tanks and marine tanks.
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I have shrimp and crayfish and a betta. Would hard water be bad for them?
Bad for the shrimp and betta. Betta can actually adapt to a consistant hard water, but the coral will cause it to rise and rise (up until a point), which stressed the fish out.
The only way I would put the coral in, you can find an aquarium safe silicon and seal it off 100% in a thin coat. It'll be shiny looking, but the silicon will keep things from leeching.
Hmm that's actually a great idea! Thank you for the advice!
I think I'll start with stones I find outside, but what's the prosecute with those stones? Am I looking for a specific kind?
I have a lot of smooth round stones Ive collected from the beach, in my pool area and my pathways.
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