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View Poll Results: im wondering how many of you use any sand in your tanks
sand 23 92.00%
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Old 06-30-2006, 11:37 AM   #11
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i was thinking that no sand was the same as bb,as fas as keeping a tank with no sand the water quality seems to be a lot easier to manage and i know that diatoms and some algae are mostly new tank syndroms i asways had a little problem with cyno in my old reef(with sand) but never in a tank that was bb,but either way it seems the majority of people here like sand so ill keep it in the reef for a while longer and try to lick the problems as they arise.

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Old 07-04-2006, 11:57 PM   #12
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IMO its a look thing, some people like it with, some without, obviously sand will help maintain a lot of the chemical balance, but people without sand are also achieving this; eg; no sand in main, and lots in the sump etc..

Personal taste i reckon..

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Old 07-05-2006, 03:36 AM   #13
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barebottoms in Freshwater make sense to me but in Saltwater it doesn't quite fit. There is just too much going on in the sandbed to not have it. I'd really like to see the levels in a BB saltwater tank. If you are worried about nitrate and algae issues it's the quality of the water. If you're using RO/DI water you really shouldn't have any algae problems because you're absolutely eliminating algae's principle food source. If you have a good clean-up crew, don't overstock, and don't overfeed, then you won't have any nitrate issues. Without a good sandbed you won't have any nitrates at all because you'll just be stuck with ammonia.

Also I believe the current poll results support my position. BB just isn't an option for SW unless your sand is in your sump.

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