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  1. General Reef Discussion
    What are some sand Sifters that aren't gonna take the good nutrients and bacteria out of my DSB? Any suggestions?
  2. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    I found a few very tiny worms living in the sand in my tank. We seen them under our decorator crab when we were cleaning the tank. Will they hurt the crab, I thought that it was odd that they were all collected under his body? They seemed clear to almost brown in color.
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I have about 1.5 inches of live sand and 80lbs of live rock ion my 75gal tank. Is that enough sand?
  4. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Hi, Can a bb tank run without the use of rocks? I mean the talk about not having sand in the tank makes scence. I mean whats a rock good for when your managing things on it other than only sps? The rocks also trap detritus, bring in pests, leech Po4 and metals ect. Another thing bothering...
  5. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Hey guys. I've been perusing this forum for a bit today, trying to decide if I should go BB with my next tank, and I had a couple questions... So, it seems that the main goal of keeping a bare bottom tank is to produce an extremely clean tank... It also seems that most of you keep...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    What if the top of the sand in some places is crispy. When I touch it I can break through and then it's soft under neath. I heard it was because the tank didn't have enough flow. I have fixed the flow issue, but have noticed the sand is still crusty in places. It seems like it may be crusty up...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I'm trying to get rid of a red slime bloom which if from what I have read this is being fueled from phosphates, I bought a TDS meter and tested my ro di water and it was 17 tds so I changed out the resign unit as well as the first carbon cartridge and flushed the membrane, Now I have TDS down...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Good morning to everyone! Why does my sand gets so dirty? Please look at the pic! it gets like that twice a month, is this normal? to much calcium? mini cycle? I have two sand stars and two horse shoe crabs but don't think its enough. Please I need your comments. Thanks
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Hi guys- I hear "Sand sifting stars", "sand sifting gobies" etc.- Do any of these guys eat detritus, or are they all copepod eaters? IDEALLY, I'd like a sand sifter or two who ate detritus and NOT copepods as eventually I'd like a goby or dragonette- I have a huge cope and amphi population and...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all- A question on Nitrates- I have 2 HOB filters- both have filter pads in them- one of them had a bio wheel- I removed the biowheel about a week ago- I still have some nitrate issues- brown film on the sand and live rock- the tank is about 2 years old- I've been doing 30% water changes...
  11. The THINK Tank
    If we conclude that a sb is at some point doomed to failure then is it responsible husbandry to keep species whose habitat has the potential to cause that species demise? What as reef keepers can we do to ensure that the evuntual faliure of the sb does not effect those animals for which we have...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Ok first of all I have decided to go with a DSB so I'm not interested in posts giving reasons why I shouldn't. What I do want to know though is about maintenence of it. I've read a lot of post about dsb's, the pro's and con's and most talk about maintenence but don't give details on what needs...
  13. The THINK Tank
    I've been toying with the idea of setting up a remote DSB on a new system I'm going to be setting up. I'd like to get the thoughts of some of the people on this forum as to whether it would work or not, and whether it would provide much benfit to the system. The 8' display tank would be a...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Some eyecandy, as well as some less attraktive tanks. Link
  15. Biological Filtration Archive
    Ok, here are some questions that may have already been discussed at lenght. I tried searching for info already on the site, but with 1437 threads to search, and most only having a someone using a phrase or two and the main thread having nothing to do with a DSB, I got lost after only a pages...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I fear moving stuff around in the tank and creating a dust storm ...but I am reading that syphoning the sandbed is a good thing. How do I do this without getting sand all over the corals etc. It seems that because I have such fine sand - it blows all over in the current and settles on my...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I'm currently cycling my new tank with some uncured live rock. The cycle is almost complete and I'm trying to decide what cleanup crew is best. I'm planning on a few different species of snails but will they clean the rockwork as well as the glass? I have been siphoning out most of the detritus...
  18. Advanced Archive
    Here's a good ponderance. Are our reef tanks open or closed systems?
  19. Biological Filtration Archive
    I'm finally in the process of setting up my 90 gal reef, but this time I'm going with a DSB using South Down. Question is will 5 inchs be any more benifical than 4 inch. I have 4 inchs in right now but will not go any farther till I'm sure. Don't want to add the water till I get all the sand...
  20. Advanced Archive
    Is it really a little slice of nature? Are there any processes going on that even closely resemble nature? What's going on in the environment that you're trying to create and how would you go about doing that in a glass box?
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