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Old 03-18-2007, 10:49 PM   #21
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I guess this is why there is such a controversy over the DSB....Like I said I have 3-4" in my tank and fuge...so if that is considered a DSB then I have one.....I say if it works for you then go with it. If you have another way that works for you then go with that!

I personally like the look of a sand bed, not overly deep, but a nice sand bed. I don't mind seeing sand over the frame of a tank at all...
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I agree.
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:53 PM   #23
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Does everyone basically agree that you should have nothing less than 3 inches?
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:57 PM   #24
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Depends on what you are going for, some people run bare bottom tanks with no substrate, and some of us have DSB's and all in between.
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two to three inches is pretty common. I try to stay at the tree inch mark in general.
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Does everyone basically agree that you should have nothing less than 3 inches?
As Marc said, it all depends on your design and what you plan on keeping. Bare bottom tanks are very successful, and used primarily on SPS tanks w/ high end skimmers and very high water flow. That prevents detritus from building up and reeking havoc. I think DSB's (4"+) are a dying thing due too nutrient issues, etc over time, as mentioned. A shallow sand bed- ~2-3"- looks good and functions well for mixed reefs IMO.
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Great summary Mike!! I totally agree!
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I have my sandbed at around 2 inches and have for....4 years or so now. No issues. I avoided the DSB for the reasons mentioned.
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Fabulous!!! That is what I needed to hear. I have between 2-3 inches...it varies throughout the tank. Thank you everyone for your advice!
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