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    Rubble Floor

    i think my sand is way too fine and still keeps "stuff" suspended in my tank. i was thinking of just covering the floor with rock rubble, also allowing more places for critters to hide safely from the fish.
    what would you guys think about this? would it be ugly? or look cool? basically rather than seeing a sand bottom, it will be covered with rock, so the tank i guess will look more like the top of a reef rather than the floor.
    just looking for opinions here. i figured it would help leave place for the stuff floating around the water to settle and be consumed by critters if its food. i also figured this would allow me to upgrade to even stronger flow rates in my tank without blowing the sand all over.
    so i'm looking for aestetic opinions as well as practicality opinions.
    also would this mean not enough flow to the sand bed?
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    Well you can get a diatom filter like mine and that will clean up your tank like your woudnt imagine..........crushed corals would be nice too.
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    diatom
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    hmm, interesting
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    A rubble or coarse substrate will trap detritus and may cause issues.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    in the meantime, i tried putting a sponge in my sump for a week. so far hasnt helped yet.
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    I have large enough crushed corals and I dont have anything floating around,And i have lots and lots of flow going all kinds of ways
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    seems like you and tang-man have different views on this.
    vince, whats wrong with detritus settling? i dont want it floating around, and on the floor the crittes/cleanup crew can take care of it,
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    once a month I pass the vaccum on one half of the substrate to get the bad stuff out......I just changed my substatre to crushed corals and before I had big rocks substrate and the only reason i changed it was because of a buffering issue.......I never had any ammonia or nitrate issues.....I think you need to go about 2 inches max......more than that maybe you could get in to the detrius issue...
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    I'm with Vince.. The smoother surface that sand creates is easier to maintain and offers no place for stuff to settle into. I have used rubble in the past but have returned to crushed coral sand.
    Rob

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