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  1. Non Coral Dominated Systems
    Hello, I hope that someone can help me out in giving me an idea about the ideal thickness or high of the sand bed in a marine artificial coral aquarium. I'm straggling to maintaining the phosphate & Nitrate levels at an adequate levels & I've been told that the sand bed I have is too thick &...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I have added a Yasha goby to a coral bed tank. I addressed this issue on another forum. I am going to replace my crushed coral bed with sand. How should I go about this? Should I use live sand? Will this stress my fish? Should I remove all crushed coral? Do I need to remove inhabitants? Thx in...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I'm thinking about removing all or part of my sand bed. Right now, I have about two inches if it were level, but my clown and blenny tend to move things into heaps. I'd like to get some advice about whether to remove it all or if leaving a thin layer would be okay. My motivation is to get...
  4. Crustaceans
    Hi all, Ive kept nassarius snails before but th sand bed was a few months old. My new tank however, has a sandbed that is a month old at most?? If I ensure food reaches the sandbed, will they still be fine? Thanks in advance
  5. Reef Fish
    I plan on buying a diamond watchman goby once my tank is all set up and I wasn't sure which sand to go with. I was looking at CaribSea Ocean Direct Live Sand Original. Would this be ok for a goby? Should I go with the Oolite instead of Original? Or is there a better sand I should go with?
  6. New Member Introductions
    While I am not new to keeping fish (30 yrs). I am a newbie with inverts. I am in the process setting up a new tank that I hope to have fish and inverts. Fish now, inverts down the road. At this time I have 2 clown fish residing comfortably in a temporary 20 gal that used to be the wet dry sump...
  7. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    I have something in my sand bed that's making sand Mounds with noodles of what look digested sand.any ideas whats causing it?
  8. Reef Fish
    I'm looking to add a goby to my tank at some point in the future. I love the diamond goby but have heard they can deplete a sand bed. Is their a goby out their that does some sand sifting, has a great personality, and won't totally deplete my sand bed? If it helps I have a 75 gallon, with 1-2"...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    So this is probably a stupid question but my tank has only been running for about six weeks. Its had 3 blue/green chromis and a few snails for 2 of the weeks. I really dont like the color of the sand i put in it and id like to switch it out. Is this dangerous? and if its possible how should i go...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 55g with I believe 40 pounds??? Of sand. Tank is almost a year old. Everything I buy to help turn over my sand doesn't work out. Sand bed is 1-2 inches deep. My sand bed is disgusting, it develops spots in the sand and grosses me out. I've had nassarius snails, which get eaten by my...
  11. The THINK Tank
    I'm sure most people have seen Marine Pure Plates / Blocks etc. now and from their reviews appear to do some amazing things. I was wondering, has anyone ever, or is it possible to place a 1-2inch thick layer of DIY live rock as the substrate. With maybe 1/2 inch of sand on top for aesthetics...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    what is the safest way to relocate sand from one tank to another? or is it safe at all ?
  13. The THINK Tank
    Hello everyone, I have seen many debates of opinions about vacuuming substrate but I have seen a simple list of the pros and cons. Example: Cons: stirring up substrate releases ammonia, releases phosphates, etc. Pros: removes ammonia causing debris, removes nitrates, etc. This was just a...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I spoke to someone who's been in the hobby for over 20 yrs and he said that a sand bed could be dangerous because it holds up the trash an ammonia and if you disturb it it could crash your system. He said he had it happen to him before so I would like a sand bed but would a good clean up crew...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    So i have a new tank set up (2 months) with fine white argonite sand. I am realizing that while the sand looked good initially it is impossible to clean because of how fine it is. When i try and siphon it, a lot of the sand gets sucked up with the water. Not to mention once it gets blown around...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    So i added my sand (dead)to the tank and have a couple gallons of fresh rodi water in with the sand, i plan on mixing my water outside of the tank.but how will i accommodate for these 5 or so gallons of fresh water when i am mixing saltwater for the tank. Thanking you in advance, Shane
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Hi TRT, I have been brainstorming a 60g (48") build. Lately the idea has molded from all a ll BB tank, to having the tank mostly BB and insert small wall with silicone maybe 3-4' tall with sand in that section. I did not locate any examples of this, all of my searches returned vs...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Hey Everyone, So I am trying t work out what depth my sand bed should be in my 40B and am a little confused on the subject. I don't want it super deep (DSB) but I do know I need a bit of depth as I am wanting to keep a watchman goby with a pistol shrimp pair. I have 50lbs of dry rock in the...
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys, I just bought a cortez ray about six inches big. Currently I am housing it in a 175 gallon tank. Eventually it will be moved to a pond that I am preparing. Till then I was wondering what would be proper to put in the tank with it. I want to avoid shark. I was hoping to put something in...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    So first question is can you cook sand like you do live rock? The reason I ask is that while I know sand isn't expensive I've been siphon a bit of sand while cleaning my sand bed. So instead of buying sand and cleaning it to put it in my tank was wondering if there were other options. 2nd...
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