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I started my tank off a while back. And I’ve been having a major issue with sand free floating all over the tank and semi covering everything up. Would it be worth it to maybe add some crushed argonite on top of the sand to kinda compact it? Didn’t want it to mess with my snails or snowflake eel. But I also don’t want the sand aggitating the corals

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Adding crushed argonite on top will not work they way you think. The two types of substrate will separate leaving you with the same problem. You are going to have to lower your flow or aim your powerheads differently.
 
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Adding crushed argonite on top will not work they way you think. The two types of substrate will separate leaving you with the same problem. You are going to have to lower your flow or aim your powerheads differently.
Would pointing the power head pointing towards the sand further up make it pointless? Or would it still be a benefit? Or should I just buy a smaller powerhead I can point downwards towards the substrate.
 

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So a couple of questions:
1. How old is the tank?
2. When was the sand added?
3. How are your power heads set up?
4. Any sand sifting critters or fish in your tank?

I have oolitic sand and fist couple of weeks had cloudy water. Then it eventually cleared up.

Then I got a sand sifter a couple years later...more cloudiness for a while, but cleared up.

Then a couple years without a sifter and a new sifter is now clouding up my tank.

Long term I've never had an issue, but my powerheads are setup to not blow sand everywhere.
 
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I definitely would not point them at the sand bed. You could lower the mounting but angle them up. It may take some playing around to see if you can get your current power heads to work for your setup.
 
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So a couple of questions:
1. How old is the tank?
2. When was the sand added?
3. How are your power heads set up?
4. Any sand sifting critters or fish in your tank?

I have oolitic sand and fist couple of weeks had cloudy water. Then it eventually cleared up.

Then I got a sand sifter a couple years later...more cloudiness for a while, but cleared up.

Then a couple years without a sifter and a new sifter is now clouding up my tank.

Long term I've never had an issue, but my powerheads are setup to not blow sand everywhere.
1. It’s 10-12 months old.
2. the sand was added when I started the tank
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4. A sand sifting starfish, an engineer goby, some small hermits and snails. That’s really about it. I’m thinking my sand may just be a bit to fine.
 

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1. It’s 10-12 months old.
2. the sand was added when I started the tank
3. I’ll attach pictures
4. A sand sifting starfish, an engineer goby, some small hermits and snails. That’s really about it. I’m thinking my sand may just be a bit to fine.
Has it been cloudy from day 1 then and never cleared up?
 

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FYI...One more reason why I will not go back to sand.... bare bottom reefs are my favorite. I keep a small but substantial sand bed in the small compartment of the sump with macro .... tank/ fuge is full of pods... and flow can be anything I want...
 

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FYI...One more reason why I will not go back to sand.... bare bottom reefs are my favorite. I keep a small but substantial sand bed in the small compartment of the sump with macro .... tank/ fuge is full of pods... and flow can be anything I want...
I love DSB. Great for filtration, support some of my favorite fish, and gives a very natural look to the tank. But that's the great thing about this hobby...its like gardening and everyone can curate it to their likes!
 
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No. Honestly it’s not. Loaded now. Just tends to relocate sand. If I blow the rocks and coral off with. Turkey Baster. Over the next day or two
It’ll resettle more on there.
 

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Barebottom is horrible if you get a sandsifting goby and a conch you will have spotless sand and dont even have to vacuum it.

@OP i think a jebao gyre would go better in your tank and then aim the gyres upwards.
 
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Funnily enough i have one i took out for those 2. Seems a bit harder to clean. I wonder if i could just get the same thing by pointing both powerheads up. The only thing I didn't like about the gyre was I would get week flow on one side of the tank unless i was completely blasting the side with the Gyre.
 

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I have my powerheads attached down about 3" from the water surface and have them pointed up so that the water surface has a definite ripple but not a raging rapid. It still provides flow to the lower portions of the tank from the deflected water that hits the aquarium glass.
 
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I have my powerheads attached down about 3" from the water surface and have them pointed up so that the water surface has a definite ripple but not a raging rapid. It still provides flow to the lower portions of the tank from the deflected water that hits the aquarium glass.
So with one on each side would pointing them upwards toward the water get the same effect?
 

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Yeah play with the flow.. sounds like you just have too much. Do you have the Koralia 1400 versions? I went with 1150s specifically so I wouldn't have this issue.. and I still have it a little - had to play with the flow a lot to get it just right.
 
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