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Old 09-19-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
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DSB = deep sand bed
You should really do a lot more research on deep sand beds. There are a lot of things to consider before blindly adding one.
One misstep and you can start killing livestock. IMO the negatives far outweigh the positives.
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Thanks dav3. Exactly why I'm here asking for advice. What sort of negative effects can this have on a tank?
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:10 AM   #13
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Well not so much negative as risky. If not setup and maintained properly DSB can become hazardous. Known to be a nutrient sink and toxic gas trap. You don't want to disturb a DSB because you can release these trapped gasses/nutrients that can kill your livestock. At the same time you need proper cuc to sift the sand. In the event of power failure a DSB will continue to consume Oxygen to really low levels which can kill fish as well.

If you really want a DSB then be sure to research proper setup and maintenance. I just don't think the extra nitrate to nitrogen benefit is worth the risks. There are other far less risky methods of removing nitrates. First being a macro algae fuge.
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