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Old 02-08-2011, 11:33 PM   #11
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Here, use this calculator to calculate the depth of your sand:
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Also, the depth of the sand is based solely on your own personal taste. If you like a thin layer of sand, then go with 1-1.5". If you like it in between, go with 3". However, if you want the added benefits of a DSB(Deep Sand Bed) then you need to go 5" or higher. I'm not talking about 4 inches in one corner and 5 inches in another... you will not benefit from a setup like that. It needs to be a consistent 5" all around. Most people just go with 6" all around to be safe. I'll be using a DSB for my fuge on my current build. 6".

Anyways, i would advise against getting the sand, washing it and then leaving it in your tank. My concern is that, sand that is waterlogged never really dries out, especially fine sand. Therefore the water still in the sand will become stagnant and will collect bacteria. Your best bet is to get the dry sand and then wait until the day you plan on filling up the tank to put it in. Definitely rinse it thoroughly before putting it in your tank. I always rinsed it 5 or 6 times, then put it in, and then filled up my tank.

On another note.. HOB skimmers are an eyesore, and on a big tank like that, you will definitely benefit from having a sump. Almost all tanks over 100G usually have sumps or built in refugiums. At least the ones i've seen.
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Thanks. I have a cleaner shrimp and a lawnmower blenny. I would like some crabs and some bottom dwellers. I just find cleaning the CC to be a big pain and it always seems dusty and dirty
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I am looking at a pre built plastic sump at my LFS they are expensive lol
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #14
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marineland?

look up DIY sumps, you can find lots just by using a regular rectangular tank and some 100% silicone
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No I dont think it was a marineland. Yea I seen a couple videos but it's one of those things I would like working 100% and I'm the person to make it wrong lol plus I only have a 10gal hospital tank and a 55 gal that I have nurtured lol
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really dries out, especially fine sand. Therefore the water still in the sand will become stagnant and will collect bacteria.
going to have to cycle the tank anyway, right?
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Meh... i still wouldn't do it. It's not the same as nice fresh clean sand. But feel free to do it how ever you like.
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indeed you still have to cycle the sump so why not invest in a used 20 or 30 gallon long tank and turn it into a sump, its really not to complicated at all
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How deep should the sand bed be?
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as deep as you want it to be.
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