I had a 90 gallon SW
set-up a few years back and I had a 1 inch layer of CC
and a few pieces of dead coral (no LR
at all). I remember that I would have to syphon the CC
almost weekly because it got so brownish and dirty looking quite quickly from the lights I was using. I had to bleach the dead coral often too to keep them nice and white. It was quite a pain. I have since switched to FW
but am considering going back to SW
. Forgive me for asking very basic questions but I want to get more info before venturing back to SW
. Thank you in advance to anyone that takes the time to help me out.
First off I guess the general concensus is that CC
is not the way to go and that a DSB
is better. If I go with a DSB
is it going to get all browny coloured in a week or so as my CC
did. Then if I try to syphon the sand it will get sucked up the tube and through my PYTHON into my drain?
It is my understanding that I should buy some small 'critters' to clean my sand for me. Could you give me some examples of these critters and exactly what they are going to do for me? Are they going to keep the sand nice and white and I won't have to syphon the sand ever? I want to put some nice bright lights on for my aquarium but I don't want to have to worry about everything looking dirty in a week because the bright lights are creating too much algea and brown crap on the sand.
I didn't have any LR
in my set-up before but I guess I should put some in this time around. What does this LR
do and will it mean that I won't have to do very many water changes any more?
My plan is to eventually get 1 or 2 blue spotted stingrays.
By the way I have an Eheim professional 2 filter model 2026 and a Seaclone protein skimmer.