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Old 08-08-2010, 04:05 PM   #11
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Merging this to your other thread. Posting threads asking same questions in multiple forums is not allowed.
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Merging this to your other thread. Posting threads asking same questions in multiple forums is not allowed.
Sorry about that. Since it was not part of my original post, I didn't think about it. I will remember for next time.
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I would add the sand first. When you say rock, do you mean gravel or large rock structures?
I mean large live rock structures. Is your answer still the same? Thanks.
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I would suggest getting a powerhead so you have more movement on your lr.
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You can do whatever you like, but the problem with putting sand first and then rocks, is that most people just put sand, and then they gently put the rock on the top layer of the sand. The problem with that is if any of your livestock likes to burrow under rocks, or sifts/moves sand, they could do it in a manner in which the sand UNDER the rocks will move out of its original spot. This will create a gap between the rocks and the sand, and the rocks could then possibly fall because of this.. crashing on top of livestock, coral, other rocks, and worst case, falling over and crashing against the glass.

It's best to put the rocks first and then the sand, but you could always put the sand first and then really dig the rocks far in to the sand.
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Rock first, then sand. Can't get any more stable than that.
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There's also the problem of anaerobic spots as the rock will compact the sand. Anaerobic spots can create H2S and can cause a total tank crash. I would do rock then sand but align the rock along the back towards front as Melosu says.
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So, does this all mean rock directly on the glass? Or is there some type of material I should use to protect the glass? I don't really like the idea of eggcrate as it can be sharp and I could see a fish cutting itself on the edges. Maybe something thinner that is softer? Or am I worrying about nothing? Thanks again.
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