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Old 03-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Sand bed or miracle mud

I am doing a new sump for my tank ... And just wondering on your thoughts on a sand bed or miracle mud in the sump ?
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Old 03-24-2013, 11:58 AM   #2
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I am wondering that too. I also am setting up a refugium for another SW tank. Wondering which is better or both. Thanks for asking the question. Also I have an established refugium for my 75 gallon tank. Wonder if I can just add some mud of top of the live sand.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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I would go bare bottom easier to clean.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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+1 on bare bottom,it's less maintenance.
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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This may be a dummy question. Wouldn't the sand or mud just enhance the beneficial bacteria?
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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Once the bb builds in the dt and sump you are good to go. The bb will build on the rocks and glass of the tank so for me the sand or mud in the sump would hold more waste and harder to remove. I have some lr in mine with mangroves shoved in between with chaeto. some don't even use lr just marcoalgea and mangroves.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #7
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On my 75 gallon Reef tank, I have a 75 gallon sump with refugium. The sump is directly below in the basement. The refugium has live sand, chaeto, but little live rock. You have any suggestions for changes needed for anything on the sump? Or is this overkill?
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #8
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If your tank is doing well I would leave. Sounds like a good setup.
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