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Old 07-29-2005, 04:55 PM   #1
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Bare bottom tank question

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a bare bottom tank, that seems to be gaining popularity.

I'm upgrading my 55 to a 120 and was curious.
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No substrate = stronger filtration requirements because bacteria has MUCH less place to grow. Personally I think they look silly.....really comes down to personal preferance.
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Zero collection of detritus. No need for a cleanup crew.

However, there is the added manual removal of waste from the bottom of the tank.

Excellent choice for a FO or FOWLR.

But as stated above, it does just look silly, IMO.
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You can have more flow which is great for FO, FOWLR or Reef Tanks, if you have an acrylic tank no scatches from the sand...

It is a much cleaner look.


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Why would you want a nice SW tank without a substrate? A bare bottom tank is kind of like a tuxedo with no pants. It looks good when you pose in the mirror but you do not want anyone to see you in it. Just my opinion but everyone has one so they do not hold their value.
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Seems I always like what Brenden says: "If guns kill people...Spoons make Michael Moore fat. "

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grow out/frag t anks usually contain no substrate. The reaons is, its typically corals/rock only. You may find a small fish/snail or something here and there to help with critter control but this environment won't sustain fully loaded tanks long term without a lot of external filtration. Post pics whatever you decide!

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All of the maintenence that goes with sand: Animals to sift/stir it, critters need to be replenished (detrivore kits)

DSB or no, plenum or not, what size grains, buffering? worrying that certain fish will clean out your critters.

give me time, I may think of more

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You may find a small fish/snail or something here and there to help with critter control but this environment won't sustain fully loaded tanks long term without a lot of external filtration

I am not even sure where something like this would come from, please explain what you are talking about here.

BB tanks have been around a long time.

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