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    Waking up this conversation. Are you guys using the coral to raise alkalinity?
    I am just like a Super Hero, but without the power or motivation.................and the funky suit.

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    Not to raise pH, per se, but to add calcium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Not to raise pH, per se, but to add calcium.
    How does crushed coral compare with egg shells for Calcium?

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    Fryster, you can get everything you need at Pruess's in the fish section.

    BTW, when are we gonna have another CP meeting!?!?! Haven't had one since my first 3 months in the hobby.

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    I use normal multi-purpose compost (potting mix) with added John Innes (potting soil) for Mexican Pings. The few that I grow seem to like the nutrients. I've tried non-organic mixes, but in my conditions growth is slow using these. I've also added calcium in the past, such as calci-sand, and I can't say that I notice any difference in growth rate but it makes a nice top dressing. Maybe the mixes I use have enough trace elements to mean that calcium is not required.

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    suite

    ' in situ' the moranensis have a alcalin substrat .

    for all my mexican and some of my temperate I use this form of mineral substrat

    cat liter 50% [ now I add with this cat liter 30% akadama ( bonza´ clay )]
    river sand 12.5%
    vermiculite 12.5%
    calcareous sand 12.5%
    pouzzolane 12.5% ( volcanic rock)


    for the gypsum specie I use just gypsum 50% and river sand 50%.

    jeff

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    Wha about egg shells?

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    suite

    for me it is not enough calcareous like a coral .

    I prefered the cat liter , this substrat is very ideal particularly for its alcalin ownership and its water retention
    add with the other element it is top.

    jeff

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