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Old 05-19-2011, 06:01 PM   #51
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Theres SOO mcuh to learn. It's not like you can ever know it all. I love that. My knowledge base only gets bigger, it's so cool. I love the challenge in keeping perfect tanks especially my saltwater setups. I'm actually understanding alot more.

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i agree you can never know it all in this hobby, i'm a big fan of DIY stuff so i've looked up alot of info abotu different equipment so i know how to build my own ( reactors, skimmers, sumps and even lighting fixtures)
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:10 PM   #53
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I wish I was more inclined to DIY. I'm thinking though that learning allthis sump stuff is gonna make me more confident. I'm already planning on adding a shelf for an ATO. But thats for another thread lol
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DIY isn't to hard just research and take your time and be safe if they require power tools, if you don't feel comfortable then either but a ready made or have soemone else do the tougher stuff
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i don't believe silica sand causes algae. silica is inert. it's basically crushed quartz. i don't believe anything "leaches" out of it at all. at worst, the texture of the grains might be good for algae growth, but that's a nutrient issue, not a sand issue.
just remember that silica based sand does nothing to buffer the ph.

also, in all of the reef tanks i've kept, not one sand bed ever saw a vacuum, and i never had any trouble with any of them. smaller grains will remove the need for sand bed maintenance.
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i don't believe silica sand causes algae. silica is inert. it's basically crushed quartz. i don't believe anything "leaches" out of it at all. at worst, the texture of the grains might be good for algae growth, but that's a nutrient issue, not a sand issue.
just remember that silica based sand does nothing to buffer the ph.

also, in all of the reef tanks i've kept, not one sand bed ever saw a vacuum, and i never had any trouble with any of them. smaller grains will remove the need for sand bed maintenance.
Mr. X has returned! LOL Welcome back sir....

So woudl you recommend the play sand over the filter sand is the question of the hour. I personally like the texture but am concerned abotu rough edges.
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ha...i had a sudden rush of activities that kept me very busy. i'm starting to see an end.
as for the question, i don't know. i didn't skim through the entire thread, but what's up with rough edges? tiny little grains of sand with rough edges are a concern i'm guessing? it wouldn't be to me. just don't get any between the magnets of your algae scraper and i think you'll be ok.
i still prefer aragonite based sand for it's buffering ability.
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I dislike the aragonite in myother tanks so I'm taking this opportunity to try something new. Hope it isnt too big of a scale lol.

Would dosing with a 2 part system help?

Thanks so much for your repsonses!
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yes, but how are you dosing? will this be a constant drip or dumping in some every day after work? i believe the calcium based sand helps keep the ph steady. i'm not sure what fluctuations you are going to see without it.
when i was told about it, i just went with it and always chose it since. i never considered not using it.
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I was thinking the bottled dosing at least to begin with if there are any issues. Once I get my comfort level up a bit with the sump i don't see why i wouldnt have a drip doser rigged up. This is considering that it will be needed. Some people have reported sucess and haven't mentioned dosing.
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