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Old 08-04-2004, 02:52 PM   #1
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What substrate is best for a FO Tank?

Hey all of you with fish only tanks, what substrate have you found to be the best? I like the look of fine sand, but a coarser aragonite could be cleaned easier. What do you think?
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What fish are you considering in purchasing? thats important.
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Old 08-04-2004, 04:58 PM   #3
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Is there not a standard size? I know as a beginner with SW that there are fish that are better suited for beginners but as I get more experence then I will want to build on the type of fish that I have.
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then you should go with Live Sand & Live Rock.You want to make thier home as close to the ocean as you can.
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if you get a sand bed you dont clean it....LS takes care of it self. If you get a CC base then theres more work involved with the cleaning and it can end up being a source of nitrates for ya.
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Old 08-06-2004, 07:34 PM   #6
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I agree. Plus if you do decide to add corals then you will already have sand. I did the swap from CC to sand and I wish I had sand from the get go.
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I have also swapped from CC to LS sand bed recently. It is much easier to maintain as there is no need to clean it like CC. And eliminates a source of nitrate. I also wish I had sand from day one.
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As Fishboy mentioned, the choice of fish is important.. a sand bed will actually be trickier to maintain if the fish are predatory and don't allow for critters. Since there isn't going to be any LR, I would just put half an inch of CC so you can give it a quick vacuum every week or two.
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We have CC in a FO tank w/o LR. It's not too bad once you get into the vac routine. We do it weekly along with a water change. Becareful not to over feed.

We may switch to sand when we move in about 6-8 months but the CC is working just fine.
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Old 03-27-2005, 05:19 PM   #10
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SUBSTRATE FOR FO TANK

To follow up on this debate, here are some factors. Which way do they cut (in favor of CC or LS) for the base. This is FO tank with no "critters" likely.

1. Aesthetic appeal (I know subjective)

2. Cost (LS must be much more expensive)

3. Increases chances of scratching the acrylic (the more the pellets float around, the more likely they will inadvertently be rubbed against the tank walls during cleaning causing scratching).

4. Biological impact (but we already will have extensive biological filtration in the Wet-Dry as well as a Protein Skimmer).

5. Ease of cleaning.
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