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Old 05-23-2011, 12:27 AM   #21
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@gti really? hm well if the sand bed is properly airated by sand sifting cuc that wont be an issue right?
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:35 AM   #22
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not if there are pockets deep in the sand where the sifting critters are.

the sand sifting critters only sift and live in the first inch or so of sand
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oh interesting will i run into problems with my 1.5" sand bed?
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A dsb should really be utilized in a sump. If you are using it in a tank it's really not as hard as you think. A good cuc sand sifting starfish ....etc. And some fish that stirring the bed will help reduce the risk of dead spots. Dead spuds occurs when let's say a. Trench is dug out then a bunch of wast or food is trapped and gets covered. If you are going to have a reef I would recommend a dsb. Just make sure you siphon only the top, do not disturb the lower 2 inches of sand. You should have no prob. Yes it can crash a tank...but if you do the research and keep up with your weekly maintenance you will achieve one of the best biological filters.
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an external DSB is only good just incase soemthign happens you can remove it quickly and easily, in the long run the system is better off with a full DSB it removes the most amount of polutants rather then the smaller area that an in sump DSB does
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an external DSB is only good just incase soemthign happens you can remove it quickly and easily, in the long run the system is better off with a full DSB it removes the most amount of polutants rather then the smaller area that an in sump DSB does
That's pretty much the exact reason I was thinking about. Even though they are smaller if anything happens or there is a need to change out sand. You can do this without crashing the system. It all depends on what you want to keep in your tank. If you want a fowlr it's prob not needed. A full reef with sump and everything.... Yes I would add one.the purpose of a dsb is to get rid or nitrates into nitrogen gas. An alternative is to use lots of macro algae in a sump.... Not as affective but gets the job done.

Also your question on the 1.5 in sand bed. Don't worry it is perfectly fine. Dsb run from 3in to 6in and deeper. Just keep good current in your tank.
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yep with a good DSB and micro agales, you can keep trates and phosphates out
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:20 PM   #28
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ok so i bought some PFS at the local here are some pics i sent $7.00 for a 50 lbs bag




what do u guys think will this work good for me ?
What do u guys recommend i do to clean it ?

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I have 250lbs of pool filter sand to clean too. it was suggested putting it in a pillowcase and rinsing it that way.
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ya carey i think i read about the in your 125 build thread. is what i got the same as what u are using??

i wonder if the pillow case will trap any unwanted stuff
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