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Old 11-11-2003, 01:01 AM   #1
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Who likes a nice bare bottom? ;)

Ive been pouring over some forums lately and it seems a lot of people are reverting back to a bare bottom and 1" sandbed. So im gona post this question on a few forums. If you could do it again would you go with a dsb? And, will you do a bare bottom tank in the future? If so , why?
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Old 11-11-2003, 01:05 AM   #2
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Yes, I would do the DSB. I don't think I'd want to do a bare bottom tank. I might try a 1" sandbed with a DSB in a large sump and/or refugium though. I think the DSB not only adds biodiversity to the tank, but is invaluable in controlling nitrate. JMHO.
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Old 11-11-2003, 01:32 AM   #3
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my friend said his coralline really started to grow after he went to a bare bottom. is it possible that the dsb not only soaks up detritus but additives as well?
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I wouldn't think so. I guess some things might get trapped in there, but I don't think it's enough to matter. The DSB, if composed of aragonite sand, will slowly dissolve and help keep alk up. My coraline is a nusiance...contiuously scraping it off the front glass...and I have DSB's in all my tanks.
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Old 11-11-2003, 08:49 AM   #5
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I would definitely go DSB. I think it is amazing that in the few short months that my DSB has been running, my nitrates have stayed undetectable. Really a cool thing to see.

Besides, bare bottoms are for science experiments and laboratories. Just looks so unnatural, at least to me.
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DSB, DSB, DSB

I have setup three tanks this way and when I set up some more its going to be more of the same. A bare bottom is just empty and cold looking. Barebottoms where the norm a long time ago when us hobbists knew less about the natural nitrafication properties of a deep substrate.
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Bare bottom is cool if you have somewhere else to put a DSB out of sight...

I believe that it is essential now days to have a DSB unless you want to do a lot of water changes to keep down those Nitrates. I believe skimming alone cannot combat it.....
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i think a plane glass bottom is ugly too look at, i dont have a DSB nore do i have a nitrate reading over 5 at any time usually at 2 and under
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i think a plane glass bottom is ugly too look at, i dont have a DSB nore do i have a nitrate reading over 5 at any time usually at 2 and under
Nor do I. 1-1Ĺ" at best!


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i think a plane glass bottom is ugly too look at, i dont have a DSB nore do i have a nitrate reading over 5 at any time usually at 2 and under
Nor do I. 1-1Ĺ" at best!


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mine is also at 1 -1.5"
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