Ok, I don't want to start a long winded discussion, just though I would point out something I just came across and was very interesting...
I read the article on Berlin Systems on this site and in doing what I would think to be massive research now, on my new system,( when I get the $ to do so), I noticed something was missing.. There is no mention about a DSB
in any of the books or articles. I just read an excerpt from an article mentioning Lee Chin Eng and it stated in there that all you need, to do this type of system is:
Great Water Flow
2.2 lbs. LR
"NO SAND, CC, Nothing at all for substrate"
Big Protien Skimmer
Add Trace elements as needed to keep in balance
Now, they all say Mechanical filtration is neccessary, however, I wonder about this. All mention detritus build up and the mechanical filter will catch it. All mention cleaning them once a week or more often to prevent Nitrate buildup.
If you have enough Detrivores
i.e hermits, snails, pods
, filter feeders, the list goes on, wouldn't that take place of the mechanical filtration?
theory that is talked about in these forums is cool, but, are they all Plenums
? or are they in fact time bombs waiting to happen?
I don't know..maybe the reason we have OTS?
I hate sounding like re-inventing the wheel, and I hope I am not the only one out here that reads and gathers as much information as I can, however it seems to be a never ending story..Confusion and mayhem in the brain.
To be continued...