Lets Talk Substrates for the Marine Aquarium

  1. amazonjoe

    amazonjoe Well-Known Member

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    Hello, new to the hobby. Have a 29 gallon Biocube and now looking at setting up a 40 gallon breeder. Should I start with new sand and dry rock or can I use the sand and rock from my 29 gallon Biocube ?
     

  2. brandon429

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    that choice ranges between needs and moves/upgrades but I like to use the old if it wasn't packed up with algae or probs, either mode can be had though.
     
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    amazonjoe Well-Known Member

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    I currently have fowlr
     
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  5. amazonjoe

    amazonjoe Well-Known Member

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    I have some algae on my rocks
     
  6. brandon429

    brandon429 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    well my goodness that looks clean and nice and not atypical, the rocks Id use for sure. the sand you may use or go with new wetpack sand that was never exposed to waste, and is cheap to buy a new bag if you like. but this was not a stored up sandbed at all, look at your clean cross section pic nice going. My main concern is the rinsing and cleaning procedure between tanks, so you don't transport any waste between the two but skip cycle the new one, if wanted. there is -no- reason to have to cycle rocks when moving tanks, even if you go with an all new bed. that's the cool technique we like to hash out here
     
  7. MonsterMike313

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    I have a quick question when doing a water change I have always kept my sg at 1.27 is that to high? Thanks
     
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    That preference ranges among tankers and isn't out of line if all is acclimated
    Mine is lower .023 but but .027 I've seen before. We even had a poster the other day doing .03 which did seem really high

    I haven't checked what reef averages are pretty sure .026 I'll try to confirm/disconfirm
     
  9. MonsterMike313

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    Ok thanks just did a water change and now sitting comfortably at 1.025
     
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  11. Ron Stewart

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    Just putting together the parts list for a new setup. I want to start with just clams but really want to do black live sand. Wonder how this will effect the necessary lighting for the tank. Eventually I will add corals but am concerned that the lighting will be too intense.
     
  12. Ron Stewart

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    Very nice tank for being so young. You really need to do your live rock as well especially if you do not buy it properly cured by a LFS. I had a similar issue when I was building my 75 gal hex tank nly tank. I mail order the live rock and I don't know if the boys in brown bounced the shipment around but it came in or the place I got it from did not pack it properly, since there was a lot of empty space in the insulated styrofoam containers. Also got a predator starfish living deep in a really cool piece of live rock. It took about six weeks to find it with my moonlights on and sitting in front of the tank for hours. Turns out he was well e trenches in this cool cave in one of my large pieces. Put the rock in a five gallon quarantine bucket and two weeks later he got hungry and left his home. Lost some really nice fish in the process, and a chunk of change. Let's just say lesson learned.
     
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    Aragonite sand is nice, i like DSB, but it really take time to clean it
     
  15. marcoss

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    I run my systems barebottom and use ceramic blocks to help add surface area for bacteria.
     
  16. Atif

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    Very important Write up.!!
     
  17. wax32

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    I'm all about using starboard.

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  18. Michael_G

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    Hi great article clear and concise, just 2 quick questions 1 how do you siphon a sandbed? I have never found anything that will suck up detrius but not the sand? 2 is it bad to have a ssb that is say 2 1/2" to 3"?
     
  19. Devon93274

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    I put 40lbs of live black sand and 20 lbs of polished black sand in my 50 gallon. I think it looks great and serves the environment of the tank well. WP_20160601_10_31_13_Pro.jpg
     
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    Mine sucks! Has for the 2yrs the tanks been running.
     
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