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Old 01-24-2005, 01:24 AM   #1
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sand substrate

i have 15 gallon tank. how deep should have the sand?

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Old 01-24-2005, 01:30 AM   #2
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Are you looking for aesthetics or for nitrification? For enhancing looks only you could use 1-3inches. For a DSB used for eliminating nitrates you would want 4-6inches. Some say in a tank that size a DSB will not be that benificial but I dont see how it would hurt. As with the LR a DSB will house many critters such as stars and worms. Great biodiversity

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Old 01-24-2005, 08:58 AM   #3
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DSB may indeed be worthwhile, but it's hard to imagine it in a 15 gal tank. How tall is the tank? Can you lose 4-6" of your total depth to sand?

I decided to pass on a DSB in my 30 gal because I didn't want to lose the volume of water, and quite frankly I thought that that depth of sand in a fairly small tank looked bad. I'm going to put a DSB/refugium in my 10 gal sump to see if that helps (it will have to be small, though). If not, I'll use a separate 10 gal tank sump as a DSB location.
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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