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Old 01-19-2003, 02:32 PM   #1
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DSB, CC or what??

just one question are you going to use the crushed coral on your 175 because ive heard that it is not good to use this substrate with the worms and such that live in the sandbed.

(split this thread into a new topic since it had drifted quite a bit from the original post -Mark)
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I had planned on it. Why is it a bad thing?
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For a reef tank, I suggest going with a DSB. I would use a gravel vacuum to suck out silt, detritus, and worms (probably mostly brislte) from the CC and add this muck to the new 175 to seed the new sand.

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Old 01-19-2003, 10:50 PM   #4
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I would also recomend the DSB, may now look to pretty, but you can always slope it to where its one inch at the front and 5 at the back. Crushed Coral could eventually turn into a nitrate factory and then you are in a bunch of trouble.
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Can't I use the DSB from the 150 and then add the coral to the top?
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do you have enough LS to cover most of the tank? If so that would not be a problem I dont think.
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It is a 4 inch sandbed in the 150, so it should go a good ways towards helping.
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Can't I use the DSB from the 150 and then add the coral to the top?
Don't add crushed coral to the top of the sand. I would only put in an inch or so of sand to start. Seems to be quite a little controversy around DSB's and OTS (old tank syndrome) these days. To be on the safe side, I would hold off on putting in the full 4" of sand. Putting it in the refugium instead may be prudent so it can be removed/changed in a few years if DSB's are shown to be related to OTS. I'm not convinced yet but I would play it safe in a new setup.

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What is OTS?
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Old Tank Syndrome - This is something that some experts have been debating about for a while now. Some experts belive that just like you have new tank syndrome where you have excess nutrients and ammonia after your tank has been established for some years you could experience something called old tank syndrome.

I belive if I remember correctly from my readings about this they theorize that over the years there is a slow buildup of trace elements to a point that they become themselves toxic.

Mark I am sure can elaborate on it more.
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