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Old 05-19-2011, 02:07 AM   #81
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Is your DSB in your DT, sump, or both? I am asking both of you, carey and purevil, just because I am following both of your threads and want to see what you'll end up doing (considering you are pros and I am the newbie!)

Since I am also following both their threads too, I thought I would chime in too... I have a DSB in both of DT and sump. I'm also a newbie, I'm only on my second SW tank and my first one was over 5 years ago and only had it running for 6 months before I had to move. But in my first tank as well I had a DSB in both.
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Old 05-19-2011, 02:31 AM   #82
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Since I am also following both their threads too, I thought I would chime in too... I have a DSB in both of DT and sump. I'm also a newbie, I'm only on my second SW tank and my first one was over 5 years ago and only had it running for 6 months before I had to move. But in my first tank as well I had a DSB in both.
Ironically, I just asked this exact question on another thread... to be specific, how much sand did you use? You might have more rock than I plan to start with, so I might need more sand. I figure HALF of what you used will be safe
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:18 AM   #83
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So I have an idea of how deep the sand should be in the sump (6 in or so) but what would the standard be for a dsb in the tank? 3" 4"?
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:11 AM   #84
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I had a 4 inch bed in my old tank.
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mine is 4-6" I don't think a "flat" bottom looks natural... although neither does my rock lol.
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I'll be aiming for 4 inches in my 125g, my phone app for calculations told me 259 lbs for 4". What about the fuge below? Is it normal to have deeper sand in there?
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I always make sure to "sandscape" lol I like to have some variations of depth, not less than 4 inches anywhere in the tank though.
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Basically anything more then 4" has such little water movement that it's not that much of a bonus. Just go deeper in some spots for looks that's all... and in a sump, 4" across the whole thing is fine.
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And the verdict is that pool filter sand or play sand is out because of lack of calcium that would be needed for reef growth? Is that what I am hearing?

Can I put crushed coral/oyster shell as the first 2", or would that not have the same effect as a 4" DSB?

The guy helping me with my setup said he noticed shifting of his rocks, even though he put the rocks first, sand second... he suggested using CC or OS as a base to give it less movement and brought a 5g bucket of it for me to use! Hard to pass up a free stash of substrate!
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I don't use anything but sand, nitrate issues can arise using the CC. Some people have no issue with it, but I did. I wouldn't say you can't use play sand, but you would have to dose calcium, I am going to stick with the aragonite.
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