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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I'm feverishly researching for my 185G build (Thread Here) and am/was planning a faux sand bed. However, pretty much all the pictures of good looking tanks I find online have substrate. Almost all the youtube videos of good looking tanks have substrate. Most of the time I read posts discussing...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I'm starting a 185G build for anyone who wants to follow along. My current 155 bowfront is leaking 2 gallons a day so the clock is ticking. Wife making me replace the square of carpet where the tank is going with vinyl because I ruined the carpet where the 155 is. I will be putting in a...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Anyone done a faux sand bed in any kind of tank and wish they had left it BB or done starboard instead?
  4. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    In process of new 155G build Puffer + Lionfish = high waste and difficulty keeping corals. I am having nitrate issues in my 75G now I like the look of substrate and have been experimenting with faux bottom recipes but so far they feel like sandpaper and it seems to me like it would be covered...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    155G Bowfront Build - scratched glass repair In one year I've craiglisted my way from 35G to 75G to 155G Bowfront I've learned a lot but time and again have fallen victim to impatience I've been reading tons of Geoff posts, bugging FutureDoc for skimmer advice, even searched old Spanky posts...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    After reading through many of the threads on TRT I've decided I want to attempt a FSB. I want to follow the model Geoff did for his tank but with some differences. http://www.thereeftank.com/forums/f76/diy-epoxy-sand-bottom-66246.html?highlight=epoxy+sand 1. I'm going to use the HDPE, but...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I was thinking of doing a faux sand bed. What is involved in doing this. I know its pretty much silicone and sand. My tank is a 75 gallon how much silicone would a need to this if I was to do a bed a little higher than the black trim piece. Is it possible to do in a tank already going. I do have...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I have been seeing a lot of things posted about faux sand beds and the idea of setting one up is has me interested. I feel like I need to replace my 2 inch live sand bed because it has been a year and two months since my tank has been set up and the sand is looking a little dirty. I vaccum it...
  9. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    I have a drilled 90 that I am upgrading to form a drilled 49 bow. I had a DSB but would like to go BB. I don't want to see glass on the bottom and have contemplated doing a faux bottom. The problem I am seeing is that Coraline grows over your epoxy. Has anyone found a way to stop this? It would...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I started a thread in the large systems forum but I did not get much traffic there so Im posting here now. For those that dont know I have a Perfecto/Marineland 180gal tank with 2 corner overflows. I have an Oceanic Model 3 sump, MRC MR-2 skimmer. My plan for my aquascaping is to build a rack. I...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I am considering going Bare Bottom on a new tank. As I'm unsure where to get starboard are there any other good alternatives? I was thinking about gluing sand to the starboard to make it still look like sand what glue should I use? Thank you!
  12. General Reef Discussion
    I'm about done! :banana:(At least with getting it started.) It never really ends, there's just one more thing until you start the next bigger tank - lol! Here is my 75 with the rocks from my 30 moved in with my new rocks and aquascaped. It's been running now for about 6 weeks and things are...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Those of you that have Faux sandbeds, How are they making out long term? Covered in coralline? Trapping detritus? Falling apart?
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I have been working on setting up a new 75 tank that I hope to keep sps in in the future. I have been in saltwater for about 12 years. The first 8 I had a 55 gl FO, then 4 yrs w/ a 5 gl reef and the last 3 w/ a 30 gl lps reef (and the 5). I have been reading posts and information on this site...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I am building a 48 gallon tank. I think it will be mainly SPS and clams maybe a few LPS to keep the tank interesting while it matures enough for the SPS. I had planed to go bb, but am having second thoughts. I have seen geoffs epoxy faux sand bottom, but wonder it it will turn funky colors...
  16. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    I have been looking for the epoxy for a faux sand bed. Geoff said he used Famowood (?) epoxy, but I tried Michaels and HD, they didn't have it. HD carries their own brand, Behr, a one part epoxy that is only about $20/gl. What do I need to look for as to the ingredients, type, ect., to know if...
  17. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    I am thinking of getting a new tank and I will keep it BB, just like my current tanks. I am planning to do the epoxy and sand mix for the bottom. My first question is, could I just stick acrylic rock lifts in to the epoxy w/o all the bracing stuff, or would it not hold? I only want the lifts to...
  18. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    My last tank was a 125g bare bottom. I had great success. Currently the tank has been broken down as we are moving very soon. All of my stuff is in my brother's tank currently (which is also BB). For my next tank, I am upgrading to at least a 180 (and probably a bit bigger). Here's my pickle...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    What are the Benefits of having a bare Bottom Tank? Is it just for Aesthetics? Are there any cons to it? why would someone do it this way?
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