View Poll Results: What substrate in your tank?

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  • Bare Bottomed

    2 9.52%
  • Deep Sand Bed

    5 23.81%
  • Shallow Sand Bed

    11 52.38%
  • Other

    3 14.29%
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Thread: Substrate Poll

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    Senior Member mickyfin's Avatar
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    Substrate Poll

    out of curiosity -

    What substrate do you keep in your tank?

    Have a stance on a DSB vs BB debate?
    Uneasy compromise with a Shallow SB or CC?
    Some kinda plenum?

    I've read a ton of dogmatic arguing on other boards and would respect your opinions.

    I made the ultimate mistake on my first tank with a deep crushed coral bed. :wha?: Ouch.

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    Main tank is 3" of cc. Tank at work is 3" of aragonite (sp?) and 1" of cc. I like the setup at work better then the one at home. Next tank will be all sand!

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    Main tank is 1-2" crush coral, sump is 4-5" aragonite, similiar to Jaubert's plenum.

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    Shameless bump!

    Maybe if I qualify my poll i'll get a few more responses -

    I'm getting a new tank on Sat - 120 gal.
    I'm going to have mostly SPS with a few LPS transferred from my 30 gallon.

    I've read a lot regarding Deep Sand Beds (DSB) on other forums, the arguments both for and against get pretty heated.

    I think I like the idea of a Bare Bottom tank (BB), exporting nutrients as much as possible, rather then allowing a Deep Sand Bed (DSB) to absorb them and (potentially) lead to problems years down the road.

    ... but asthetically I like the look of Sand! So I'm thinking of a compromise -

    Shallow layer of sand (1/2 inch - inch) in display with a sump and refugium with macro algae for nutrient export, heavily overskim and vacuum out as much det. as possible weekly.

    I'm not sure though, how my LPS will do in a high flow tank so i'm still weighing the options here.

    Some of you guys have phenominal tanks and I was hoping you could share whats working and why.

    Thanks in advance.
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    hmm I see 5 people so far have a Shallow Sand bed - indicative of the recent claims a Deep Sand Bed (DSB) will eventually turn on you or just a coincidence?

    Or are other reefers sitting on the fence like me and compromising in their tanks when it comes to substrate?
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    My two tanks right now have about 3" of CC. I am setting up a new 50gal before X-mas and hopping to do about4" of arregonite. I was hopping to use white playsand cause I love the real white look but there are no suppliers of the stuff in NL!:bawling:

    Oh well I guess the the aregonite will have to do for now!
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    Why is it called "cargo" when it goes by ship, and "shipment" when it goes by car?

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    I really don't like my CC bed. Its so deep and traps crap so efficiently - vacuuming is such a PITA. i don't like to vacuum my house let alone the fish tank :-P

    Just to clarify - the term argonite can refer to both sand and crushed coral, correct? It's my understanding that argonite is the material that both can be composed of?

    I see the term argonite used to mean Sand, not sure if it's entirely correct... Can anyone comment? (thinking of the newer members here).
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    After much reading I settled on the plenum method. I use 1.5" SeaFloor Special aragonite, plenum, then 2" of Aragamax Select. Basically 70 lbs of Seafloor and 90 lbs of Aragamax.
    180g with 2 x 54g corner bowfront bookends. 220 FOWLR in the works, 75g sump, 75g fuge, 75g QT.
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    IMO CC is much larger then Aregonite. CC is like little tiny shells while Aregonite is more like sand. At least the stuff that I have if anyway!
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    Why is it called "cargo" when it goes by ship, and "shipment" when it goes by car?

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    as for CC traping stuff I have to agree but I have a Goldenhead Sleeper Goby and he keeps it nice and clean for me so I don't have to do any "vacuming". I don't like to vacume my house much less my tank!
    :fish3:Piatchie:fish3:

    Why is it called "cargo" when it goes by ship, and "shipment" when it goes by car?

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