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Old 03-13-2013, 05:34 PM   #31
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We all have out own opinions. Sand to me looks better and natural. Of course Johanna this is totally up to you. I have a feeling you'll go sand and be happy.

I have a deep sand bed and it looks fine. But to each there own.
So in a hundred gallon tank you need a 100 # of sand correct?
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:51 PM   #32
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So in a hundred gallon tank you need a 100 # of sand correct?
On my 29 I added 30 pounds of sand. So 100 pounds will be fine. You don't want too deep of bed. Unless that's what your going for. I happen to like the deep sand bed and so does the pistol shrimp.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:02 PM   #33
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theres no set amount of sand or live rock needed like alot of sites say. this is just a guide line but by no means needed. So go with how ever deep you would like it. If you want an inch of sand and that means you need 60lbs thats totally fine. theres no set amount thats needed. Like i said earlier sand beds are 100% look. the only thing that requires a specific depth of sand bed is if you want a specific creature.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:06 PM   #34
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Personally, I think a sand bed looks better and it would also be pretty neat IMO to have a DSB with garden eels.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #35
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The sand prior was pretty deep but the person didn't have any cool creatures in there other than the snails. I have those guys. But considering I'm literally taking most of the establish water.. I still will go through the cycle non the less but does that mean I can't put all those guys back in after or do I have to wait? He's holding the fish for me, along with the corals and cuc... Until I get everything situated with the tank. I just really think the stand is an eye sore.
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I am not understand what you are asking. Could re rephrase that? Also if you can keep the water at 78 degrees and a power head in the bucket with your live rock you should have minimal cycle and will probably only be a few days of a cycle. just dont let your LR sit out of the water to long, get to cold, or sit in stagnit water. Also there is no need to use the old tank water unless you just want to to save money on salt. But tank doesnt hold the beneficial bacteria. The beneficial bacteria are colonies that form on surfaces and are not free swimming. The snails dont need sand and will be fine in a cycling tank. Its normally the first thing people add and they will not be hurt by the minimal cycle you will experience assuming you keep the live rock in the conditions i stated.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:28 PM   #37
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Ahhh... Ok. Here I thought I had to keep the water for minimal cycle. So I can just get new salt water and be fine as long as the rock stays warm and circulated. I have air stone constantly running. My power head throws the water out of the Rubbermaid tote. I should have the tank up and running by Friday!
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Ahhh... Ok. Here I thought I had to keep the water for minimal cycle. So I can just get new salt water and be fine as long as the rock stays warm and circulated. I have air stone constantly running. My power head throws the water out of the Rubbermaid tote. I should have the tank up and running by Friday!
What your doing os fine

Keep the air stone running for the rock and get all new fresh saltwater. You'll be fine. And out some pics up on insta
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What your doing os fine

Keep the air stone running for the rock and get all new fresh saltwater. You'll be fine. And out some pics up on insta
I'll post some of the progress...
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I sanded this sucker... So it was his turn to work the brush. I did the front... He's working on the inside.
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