I'm still trying to work through this whole DSB
thing. I usually can figure stuff out, but the more I read about DSB
the more confused I get. (Note to self: next life, take chem in high school or college instead of weaseling out of it.) I have read all the links I can find and browsed the "Ask Dr. Ron" forum (over on reef central).
At first, I thought that seeding a DSB
with "a few" (I was thinking like 10 for my 75) pounds of LS
would be enough to start the necessary processes and in 6 months or so I would have a functioning DSB
But then I came to understand that I need some bigger critters to move the sand around (not
to sift the sand, because creatures that do that are actually eating the good stuff). I am somewhat confused about what, exactly, those creatures would be.
And now I think I've learned that I actually need to seed the sand bed with little bitty creatures . . . like this:
Reef Inland's Detritivore Kit.
Leaving aside the whole to DSB
or not to DSB
issue, do I have this right, finally? If I start with 4 inches of sugar-sized aragonite, add about 10 lbs of live sand from an existing tank, get an assortment of whatever those sand-moving-but-not-sifting creatures are, and then throw in a detritivor kit, will I have a properly-established DSB
Or am I still asea on this?
tank with 29-gallon sump
2x Maxijet powerheads
Mag drive 9 return
Coralife 4x65 Lunar Aqualight
120 lbs rock from liverocks.com
1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
2 black Ocellaris, Squish and Smudge
3 chromis, too identical to name as yet, in QT
29-gallon with two goldies, Carrot and Orangehead