Barebottom Reefers vs Sand Bed Reefers: Which one are you?

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Are you a sand bottom or a bare bottom reefer?

  • Sand

    Votes: 694 81.0%
  • Barebottom

    Votes: 135 15.8%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 28 3.3%

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hart24601

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I like my BB and would be hard pressed to add sand. If one likes the animals that need sand or the aesthetics it creates particularly with negative space then that’s a solid reason. Can run whatever you want with success as plenty of examples out there.

for an sps reef though bb is so much easier to keep clean and to mimic a reef crest…. It’s rock bottom, not sand. While exceptions exist if you have shallow water acros sand looks very unnatural to me.
 

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I voted other.
I've done crushed coral
Minimal sandbed
Deep sandbed (both 4 inch and 13 inch)
No sandbed
2-3inch sandbed.
On my current 400g I've got a black pvc floor, no sandbed. Plans are to let chalice ect cover it.
When I fill my 330g which will be in the same system, I'm probably going to add a sandbed to it since it will be mostly wrasse in it.
 

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Went Bare Bottom long time ago and never went back. What plagues alot of reefers, especially SPS dominated tanks are random STN and RTN from bacterial infections due to poor flow and dead spots. I use to think it was seasonal, when I use to get minor outbreaks and move acros around to remedy it, which was fine. I dont know if anyone actually have noted the same. I am experiencing somewhat the same now, which I am getting die offs and minor STN due to my colonies being so large in my 2.5 year old 600g system. Sure, it maybe shadowing and warfare, but poor circulation due to very large colonies will cause stagnant areas, which will allow bacterial build up in certain areas. I have 6 MP60's that are firing at 100% from 3pm-6pm, I did have to move them around to navigate the flow, but come to terms to chop up a few of my over grown colonies. If I had sand in the tank, it would be a sand storm in there. I believe sand is more harm then good long term and short.
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Sand

Bare bottom is the equivalent to putting a plastic pirate ship in your tank or neon signs on your tank. I mean its your tank feel free to do what you want but all of those look hokey to me

If you are replicating an ocean reef then sand is a must
 

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I have a 4" of fine aragonite sand in the back corners but pretty much bare bottom in the front center thanks to the flow pattern in the DT. That works for my Wrasses and gives other critters a place to live. I think sand provides a place for those critters to propagate. This allows for more organisms that recycle nutrients, and contribute to the food web.
 

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I can understand the appeal of not having a sand bed. Bare bottom tanks clearly have a maintenance edge as many here already attest. Of all of the ocean's properties we can replicate in our home aquarium sand (and rock) are givens for me. Never mind the critical functions they serve, many of the animals in my tanks would seem out of place and/or starve. Bare bottom tanks don't look natural [to me].
 

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Today let's talk about the substrate or the non-substrate of your reef tank! Some reefers like the look of a sand bed and others like the maintenance of a barebottom reef. What about you? Let's talk about it today.

1. Are you a sand bottom or a bare bottom reefer?

2. Why do you choose one over the other?


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Definitely Sand Bed it’s the Natural thing to do plus benefits out weight the negative plus it’s so much nice.
 
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ARE YOU PROUD OR EMBARRASSED OF YOUR REEF TANK?

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