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Old 03-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #231
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I think it looks good too, nice and clean!
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #232
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Thanks Carey. I am happy with it so far.

I am seeing a little bit of sand getting kicked up now and then. Should I just let it settle in, or should I either turn down my Vortechs (they are set around 70%), or should I move the vortechs higher?
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #233
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What would the next setting down be? 65% I like your placement as far as height in the tank so I would experiment with the strength before moving them.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:11 PM   #234
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It will settle and make it uneven.. gives it a more natural look. Unless you mean getting kicked up way high in the water column.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #235
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No, it is just barely stirring it... not coming up more than an inch or so, and pretty infrequently. I will see if it just settles in, give it a day or so. I agree that some undulation will look cool.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:25 PM   #236
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It'll stop once you start getting established and it gets some biofilm on it... mine did. Mine never really kicked up either, but it did kind of swirl around here and there.

Glad you like the sand... I thought you would.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:45 PM   #237
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I threw eggcrate down under mine before I laid my sand down so my rocks would have some support. Just make sure your rocks are down into the sand when you set them, if they aren't in already just can't remember, if you have a sand sifter. I almost had a catastrophy in my 36 from my yellow watchman digging around.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #238
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New sand will kick up into a sandstorm occasionally. After the bacteria cover the surface it will settle in minutes.
My ammonia went >8 during the cycle and I just amazed at what life survived and continued to sprout the first year.

The sand looks great. If you don't want a dsb keep it as is. Getting close.
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Cool thanks guys.

A few hours later and the tank is almost completely clear again.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #240
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May just be me, but I think that would look soooo slick with a black background. Have you given any thought to the background - or is the way it is the way you want it? It's all about preference.
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