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    sand bed

    i wanted to do a dsb but i can't find anywhere to buy the little critters to seed it so that it will be active. does anyone know where i can buy this here in canada? i can't seem to get anyone to ship it from the states.

    will my sand bed be alright or will it crash if it is not active?

    right now i have 5" of playsand in my tank.

    thanks for you help

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    The critters come from the live rock thats in the tank. Over time the sand will become active with "bugs".

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    Dark is right. Once your system stabilizes and you've added you live rock not only pods but denitrifying bacteria will build up in your sand. Once you've gone through your cycle and you're ready to add critters there are alot of snails that will stir up the sand and keep things fresh. I don't think you have to worry about a crash. The crash that people talk about with DSB's happens after years of use. Is the DSB in your main tank or somewhere else in your system?

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    And if Julie wants a fish tank only with no LR will the bugs still apear after it stabilizes

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    my tank has been running for 3mths now with live rock but it was cured from the lfs when i bough it and i have started to get pods but i thought i needed to buy some live sand to seed my bed. i guess it will coem in time.

    thanks

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    Yes it will.....

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    That's the one thing with reed tanks....time. And patience (guess that's two)
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    Julie:
    You mentioned that you have playsand in your tank...What kind of playsand?
    You "MIGHT" run into a little trouble with it. Silicate "free" sand is hard to find. It may be reduced or "washed" but few sand are truly FREE of silicates.
    How do I know?
    I have been trying to find sand to create "homemade rock". After talking with agregate companies, the bottom line is around here (possibly Canadian sheild) silicates are present in the aggregates (sand, gravel and rocks).

    I am not trying to scare you, but you could find yourself with a lot of algae bloom problems at some point.
    I have a lot of Patients

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    As far as seeding your tank..
    If you don't have live rock some gravel from an established tank (friend, or fish store) can inject some little critters to your system.
    Some put them in the tank and some start them in the filtration.
    If you live in the GTA I will gladly help you!
    I have a lot of Patients

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