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Old 11-06-2003, 02:09 PM   #31
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Getting back to the original problem of phosphate levels being too high, this article that MantisFreak supplied the link to is extremely informative.

http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...t2002/chem.htm

Thank you again MantisFreak!

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Old 11-06-2003, 04:42 PM   #32
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DSB's are currently an extremely controverisal topic.

Their biggest benefit is they are an excellent means of dentrification. Some ppl feel that they harbor bacteria and waste, and this can accumulate eventually causing "old tank syndrome" or "toxic tank syndrome".
I'm not entirely sold on this, nor am I entirely sold on the fact the DSB's are the "holy grail" they were made out to be 3-4 years ago.

We run a DSB in our main tank. It works wonderfully, however, it is too deep for my personal tastes - I just don't particularly like the looks of it. I am in the process of *slowly* removing it, so that it is just a shallow sand bed - approx. 1".

However, I do have a 70g refugium with a DSB. I do still believe that DSB's provide enough benefits for me to maintain a "remote" dsb.

I have a couple good DSB articles listed on this page:

>>"The Basics"<<

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Old 11-06-2003, 09:42 PM   #33
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Glad I could help. I have read every single AA Chemistry article many times. I like them because they save me a lot of typing. They give great chemical detail but also seem to put things in laymen's terms.
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