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Brisc0 03-07-2004 10:10 AM

DSB Maintenance
Hey everyone, I have a 4" dsb constructed of caribsea 1-2mm special reefgrade. Am I supposed to vaccum my DSB or do I just leave it alone? I have populated it with snails, microstars, worms, pods, etc. I have been reading both Do and don't vaccum. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

fishfreek 03-07-2004 10:30 AM

Leave it alone. Unless your getting somekind of nasty growth on top of it. Then it would be ok to syphon off only the growth and leave the sand bed as undisturbed as possble.

scuba_steve 03-07-2004 10:35 AM

i have read that as well but imo the stars worms if there are enough will keep the sand stirred pretty well !! and again imo water flow is the most important and i feel most dont have enough for my liking :-) but i like ALOT of flow !! no dead spots for detrius to settle behind the rocks or on the sand !! i have never vacuumed my sand nor will i !!

Brisc0 03-07-2004 11:43 AM

Okay cool, thanks for the advice. Other than coralline growing on a few patches of my substrate, my sandbed looks good to me. Real quick also, I added 18 sphagetti worms from indopac and haven't seem them since. I assume thats pretty normal?

scuba_steve 03-07-2004 11:46 AM

yea unless ya added them with the lights on and ya fish had lunch hehehe if not ya should be able to see the trails they leave between the glass and sand :-) might take a few days !!

Brisc0 03-07-2004 11:54 AM

Well I don't have any fish as my tank is only 2.5 months old. Im still adding the corals I want and getting all the interior just how I want it so I don't have to be as disruptive once the fish arrive, on top of the fact that the tank IMO isn't mature enough for fish yet. I don't see any trails around the glass, have been watching for this, but still haven't seen it. I added them two weeks ago. Cause for concern?

scuba_steve 03-07-2004 11:57 AM

wow ya have more patience than i but good for you the longer your wait the better for sure !! how big the tank ?? i would think ya would see some buy now but might be eating stuff around the rock and until they start breedin might take a bit to see their trails !!

Brisc0 03-07-2004 12:01 PM

Tank is 105G (130 total volume) sandbed is 48LX18WX4.5H There is 160lbs of LR in there as well.

scuba_steve 03-07-2004 12:03 PM

yea so ya have tons of room for them !! not a big deal it will take time to see them then :-) good luck

Brisc0 03-07-2004 12:16 PM

Thanks steve and fishfreak, your help is appreciated. Take care

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