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Old 09-18-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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Sand bed or no sand bed

Had a small outbreak of red slime on my sand bed so went to lfs today and he is advising me to take all the sand out and just have a glass bottom said the sand bed is basically just for looks in a reef tank and I could remove it so lets here some opinions on this matter please and thanks in advance..
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #2
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I would keep the sand bed if it was me. I think tanks without sand look weird. Anyways, just because you take out the sand doesn't mean you'll end the Cyanobacteria....
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Correct, the stuff that feeds the cyano will just be sitting on the glass instead of the sand AND really the whole tank is just for looks... why not make it look real.
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Bare bottom tanks are becoming really popular actually..I going back and forth with the idea for my next tank...
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I like the idea of bare bottom tank but again I really like the sand just not the red slime covering it.. It just appeared like over nite.. First algae out break in 9 months of tanks life..
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I like the idea of bare bottom tank but again I really like the sand just not the red slime covering it.. It just appeared like over nite.. First algae out break in 9 months of tanks life..
You must be overfeeding or over lighting to have an outbreak now.I assume you are using RO/DI water.
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You must be overfeeding or over lighting to have an outbreak now.I assume you are using RO/DI water.
Or maybe his RO/DI filter needs to be replaced.
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I dont care how popular they become I have never snorkeled on a reef with a glass bottom. Thus mine will always have sand.
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Yes only rodi water same reef crystal salt have not changed anything or feeding schedule the only thing I can think is I have been giving rods food a try for like the last month everything loves it my lights are on for 12 hours off and the bulbs are 6 months old... All water paremeters are good as well..
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:00 PM   #10
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Yes only rodi water same reef crystal salt have not changed anything or feeding schedule the only thing I can think is I have been giving rods food a try for like the last month everything loves it my lights are on for 12 hours off and the bulbs are 6 months old... All water paremeters are good as well..
I use Rod's food to,it is dense,so be careful with amount.Your whites aren't on for twelve hours are they?
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