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Old 04-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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To stir or not to stir?

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Ok, so we have had both of our tanks going now for almost a year (predator 55g a little longer than the 180g DT). Both have DSB's, which we read not to disturb the beds because this could release poisonous whatever's into the water. HOWEVER, last night on Vivid Aquarium Mr. McLain75 found that if you do it keeps the SB clean.....
Me, I'm a little more hesitant to even try to disturb it, even if it's little bits at a time.

What is your guy's thoughts on this???????

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Old 04-05-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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Under no circumstances should you stir your sand. You will release stuff in your tank that your beneficial bacteria can not handle.
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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I stir all the time. I find that if you do just the surface, one section a night, your BB will be able to handle it. I've been doing it for awhile and all is well. At first I was nervous because of what everyone always says, but I have seen no ill effects because of it. I know that my LFS owner, before his monthly water changes, does a quick stir and then a water change. I have never seen an algae outbreak or anything bad come cause of it. He doesn't even run a skimmer, or a sump/refugium. Just simple filters. I won't advise you to do it, because I don't want to be blamed for anything that could happen, but I just thought that I'd share that I do it regularly and my reef is thriving.
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It's the deep part you don't wat to stir.
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The article goes some way to explaining the gas that can be released.

http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-12/rhf/index.php
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