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Old 10-09-2013, 08:45 PM   #1
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Anyone sandless

Anyone running a tank with no substrate?
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both of my fresh and salt quarantine tanks and one of my betta tanks it is still decorated though
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Actually at the moment I have a 55 in transition with several fish and rocks, bare-bottom.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:45 PM   #4
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I have a bb tank althouh I do have a handful of sand in there some guppy grass floating around and a little java moss on the bottom. Why do you ask? I really dig the look.
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My seahorse tank is bb makes it realy easy to keep clean ...
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:55 AM   #6
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I'm running a reef tank (or trying) and I keep getting algae in my crushed coral. I'm thinking about pulling it all out and leaving it bare.
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I'm running a reef tank (or trying) and I keep getting algae in my crushed coral. I'm thinking about pulling it all out and leaving it bare.
Crushed coral is notorious for algae growth. I would personally try to switch to a different substrate grain size. I would go with either special grade reef sand or Fiji pink. Either of those should take care of your problem.

Bare bottom is easier to clean but imho its just ugly.
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Yeah, I live near Anna Marie Island, and whenever I go I just sit there and dream of filling up a couple 5 gallon buckets of that beautiful white sand
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I had fine Caribbean sand but had an hair algea and red slime algae problem after my cycle. It was recommended by my lfs to remove the substrate and let the algae die off. It worked and I put the sand back after awhile. No algea came back. But my snail and invert waste was visible and ugly with no substrate. I am now having the same problem since I upgraded to a 40g breeder. But I refuse to remove my sand. I have bought many hermits and more snails along with a sand sifting starfish for a clean up crew. It is now controlling the growth once I get my sump/refuge up and running I believe my problem will go away.
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I also think my bulbs need changing. I think they can also help promote unwanted algae growth if they are out of spectrum. I think they are over a year old.
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