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    sand beds-how deep?

    Newbie Question.

    Finally setting up the 77 gal to cycle. Got some live SAND (not crushed coral or the like) from a friend and put it in with my base rock. Going to add LR soon. Is 2.5 to 3 inches deep too much. That's what it worked out to when I got it all in. I am not using an under gravel filter or anything. Should I take some out? Am I asking for trouble?
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    Ray

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    How large are the grain sizes? Is it really fine like sugar or bigger?
    Susan

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    2-3 inches is middle ground.

    You should not use an under gravel filter (though there are plenum designs which could be confused for undergravel filters -- they aren't the same).

    There are people who go bare bottom.
    There are people who go with DSBs (Deep Sand Bed) of 6-8 inches deep.

    You should consider having something, snails, starfish, cucumber, etc. that will "work" the sandbed if you plan to have more than an inch or so.
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    If you want to see some of the issues you can read though this thread:
    http://aquariacanada.com/forums/show...0&pagenumber=1

    And see what sort of issues might come up. Your mileage may vary.
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