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Old 11-30-2013, 01:14 PM   #71
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I wouldn't be disrupting the sand bed at all. I think you are adding to the problem exposing those low oxygen zones. Do not disturb your sand bed. Especially the lower part where it's changed color.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:17 PM   #72
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True but if he's starting over for the most part it might be a good idea to just go ahead and get all the sand cleaned up. Could become a nutrient issue down the road.
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Detritus is not going to reach down that low in the bed. Turning that bed over is going to cause a spike.
If you are afraid of a dsb becoming a nutrient issue, you shouldn't have a dsb in your tank.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #74
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I meant more due to his algae having so much time to root into the sand I'd imagine he has quite a bit of dying algae happening now especially since the tanks been torn apart essentially. The tank has pretty much already been disrupted past any point you would wanna allow anyways.
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No livestock left in it? I really think the OP should just kill off the hair algae. I do not think you can defeat it by vacuuming out the sand. I believe no matter how much you turn that bed it will come back. Actually, I think it will come back faster if the bed is disrupted.
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:34 PM   #76
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I thought he said something about the livestock being in another tank and all the rock but one piece in a tub. With everything being treated with the tech-m then the bryopsis won't be able to take advantage of the nutrient spike. Yeah, you'll see some other algae bloom but I would put all the focus 110% on irradicating the bryopsis first and foremost.
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Well, if that's the case I would just continue running the tank with tech-m and nothing but ambient light over it until it's all gone.
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Ya . All corals and fish ate in another tank. The only think left is the dsb and 3 rocks. Plus what clean up crew I have. 10 snails 10 crabs. And one emerald crab. I started with a dsb. Because that's what my lfs swears by. I knew nothing about anything when I started
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DSB's are ok. I never had a bed deeper than 2" long enough to be able to comment on the effectiveness though. Some say they are great nitrate reducers, and others say "show me a 10 year old tank with a DSB.....you can't, because their aren't any". I dunno.
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I thought I'd give it one more shot. Get a massive clean up crew. A diamond goby.. Tangs.. But if it goes bad. It's all coming out and getting only 2 ".. I'd take it out now. But i want to replace it with new.. Not use any old
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