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Old 11-14-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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Question Substrate-less tank?

I've heard of people going with bare bottom tanks. Are there significant advantages or disadvantages? I know one advantage would be easier cleaning but do fish need/prefer some substrate?

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most fish don't, except for those that spend most of their time on/in the sand bed. some use it as cover from enemies, some sift it for food. i just like to make my tank appear as close to their natural habitat as possible.

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I`m the same way. I know several that have bare bottom tanks but I prefer what nature provides.


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I'll third that. I prefer a sand bottom. With a bare bottom setup you need a lot of flow to keep detritus suspended in the water column so it can hit the overflow eventually.
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and I'll fourth it. Using aragonite substrate will help keep the ph buffered to an appropriate level.
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I personally like a sand bottom, but to each their own.
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I know someone with bare bottom. He keeps all the softies/lps at the bottom and only sps on the rocks. Another person I know keeps it bare bottom so that they can hook up their canister (fluval fx5) and siphon all the debris.

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