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Old 06-11-2004, 11:46 PM   #1
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anyone know how deep my sand bed should be?? saw on some books said a thin layer is better coz more O in the sand, what are the benefits of a deeper sand bed? TIA!
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i have a 33g tank with 30lbs lr and 10 lbs of cc and 20 lbs of live sand, is it enough as a bio filtration??
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The CC will be a filtration problem for you. As long as the dsb is 3-6" deep it will be fine.
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"i have a 33g tank with 30lbs lr and 10 lbs of cc and 20 lbs of live sand, is it enough as a bio filtration??"

I would say you are ok to start with a small bioload like 2 clowns. You can add some more rock later down the road. What kind of rock do you have now and what if any fish?
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i thought u only need 1lb of lr/G..... i have 1/2 bali and 1/2 tonga, i have 2 clown, 4 demsels and a seaurchin. im just too use to use chemical filtration, kinda worry using just sand and lr for filtration.......
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Rock and sand are for biological filtration.. if you want chemical filtration you have to use GAC.
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but will i be ok using just boi filtration???
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I may be wrong, but I thought DSB should be reserved for tanks on the size of 40 gallons and up. I don't remember the exact reason why. Something about it not being able to sustain enough denitrfying bacteria to keep nitrate to a minimum perhaps. I'll have to look around for a better answer.
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