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    SandBed Lifecycle Question

    Im unfortunately forced to move an existing FOWLR Bare Bottom tank into my basement. Its a 75 gallon and been up about 4 years.

    Ive already setup a 110H in the basement. I was wondering if I should put a sandbed in this time? My dilemma is that the tank is temporary and would only be up for 2 years max, as I plan to move out.

    Would it be worth it to add the sandbed?

    My only immediate advantage is that I could drop in my pistol shrimp from my nano and he'd have more room.

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    i think it's just going to be up to your preference. with it being a FOWLR, you may have extra work keeping the sand clean and if you like the look of a BB then i would stick with it. i like to see a SSB in my tanks, just more natural looking and it buffers the water as well as allowing loads of micro fauna to thrive.
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    Ah, but how much potential 'buffer' or 'positive feedback' will i get from having a sandbed for a period of no longer than 2 years?

    Takes alot of time for a sandbed to develop properly, which is why i asked the question.

    Reguardless, I bought sand and dumped it in last night. Tank's almost clear this morning. I figured that I should get some kinda positive feedback after even 1 year.
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    a DSB takes a long time to get fully going but a SSB will come alive very fast but doesn't do everything a DSB can / will. if you are looking for denitrification from the sand bed you may want to look into a RDSB which can cycle and be up and running in a month or so.
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    a4tweety, thanks for the reply. I totally understand the factors involved and benifits from RDSBs and DSB's. But knowing that those would take a couple years to really get kicking I axed it out as a solution.

    I went ahead and added 80lbs of LS to the display about a week ago. Looks nice and im glad I did it. I'll have to get used to having a SB again, and learn to be more subtle when working in the tank, as for example Im quite used to moving that algae magnet quickly along the glass without sand flying in every direction.
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