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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Good morning all... Several months ago i decided to remove the sand from my tank and give bare bottom a try. To this point i've removed 80% of the sand ( just some still under my rock ) and I like the look and the ability to keep clean. ( at least for this month ) My question is... I've got a...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    After talking to Geoff, I finally decided to go bare-bottom (BB) in my 28 Gallon Nanocube. The purpose of this thread is to illustrate my process as well as document potential difficulties for other reefers who desire to lose their sand bed. This will also be good practice for my upcoming 650...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I have had my 40 gallon setup for a few months now (4 ish). In the next few months i hopefully plan to upgrade to deep blues 80 gallon frag tank. I have been reading Geoff's thread "Reefkeeping Made easy" and am getting bombarded with info. In my current tank I have a very shallow sand band (I...
  4. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUxLfxkXe-0&list=UU1vkTP9_pqZHp-SEYw-M8mg
  5. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Hello everyone, :wavey: I think going BB seems like a logical way to improve tank health and to lower maintenance. But I have always liked the idea of having a watchman goby + shrimp pair and it seems these guys need sand to burrow in (or at least to see the cool behaviors that make them...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone, I was wondering what you guys do that have barebottoms. Like do you guys just let the bottom of the tank be see through, do you pain the bottom white, paint it black? I just went barebottom and I was wondering what you guys do, I don't really like the straight see through look...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    So today I was able to pick up the tank I plan to use with my nano. Its an Aqueon Evolve 8 I plan to remove the built in baffle for the internal filter and build a settling tank out of it. Will be a BB tank for LPS and SPS. Not sure if it will have a fish yet. Equipment Stock pump pushes...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all, Greetings from Indonesia Allow me to introduce my new tank build here in TRT Tank Dimension : 240cmx50cmx45cm For Display : 160cmx50cmx45cm For Sump : 80cmx50cmx45cm Filtration : 1 x Skimmer SRO-5000-SSS 1 x Filter Sock 7" Lighting : 4 x Radion XR30W Gen 1 with TIR lens Circulation : 2...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    For the barebottom tank reefers, I wonder How many of you guys allows Coralline algae to grows on the bottom or the back of your tanks?
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hi everyone, :wavey: First post wohoo!! :dance: I have been reading a lot of the threads about DSB (Deep sand beds) and am fast joining the band wagon to agree with Geoff's discussions about these. Against all the reasons to not have sand in your tank, from what I have read there are 2 reasons...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I got a 75 gallon tank no sump just hob reef octopus lx1000s rated 100 gallon skimmer with half an inch of sand.... The tank is always looking dirty everytime i touch the sand to clean or something its really annoying if i go barebottom does it make a difference ? Me Having half an inch does...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    After the last five days of siphoning all the sand out of my 72g bowfront mixed reef I am already convinced I will never put sand in a tank again. The tank has been up and running with the current sand bed for a little over two years now. Despite the fact that I gravel vacuumed it weekly and...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Ok Ive done some thinking and thought a shallow sand bed would do better in the long run. cheaper, wont worry about nitrates being released if theres a sand storm, and it kinda looks better. I think I will have a shallow sand bed in my refugium with a bunch of chaeto and a 65/70w light bulb that...
  14. The THINK Tank
    I was doing some pondering when I was staring at my tank. I've recently switched to bare bottom since I have just moved a week ago. Removing the sand has been good to me so far. But I was wondering, what if the bottom of the aquarium would be a mirror? It would intensify the light to the bottom...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    If one were to go BB, then I would suppose bristleworm numbers will be lower? What about things like copepods? I think bristleworms are kinda disgusting although they are moer likely to help with clearing up uneaten food, but still...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Alright Guys I plan to start my tank this weekend I have the following; 28 Gallon Bow front Coralife 24" power compact light with 2 lunars 2 korilias 425's Jager Heater 100w 20 pounds black sand 45 pounds fiji Live rock I have a few Questions.... This is my first time starting a reef tank...
  17. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Thought id share some photos of my bare bottom in progress...enjoy
  18. General Reef Discussion
    What are the big picture differences(pros and cons) between a barebottom tank, a crushed coral and or gravel tank, and sand? I have a crushed coral/gravel tank and a sand tank, but I dont know which is better to have. Are they all good for different purposes? Who can answer that?
  19. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    For the life of me, I can not figure out what I am doing wrong with my tank. I've read every thread I can find here, RC, and all over the net. I see gorgeous tanks that are being run bare bottom, with no sand at all, with nothing more than live rock and a skimmer. When was saving money to...
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