2010: What do we know about Deep Sand Beds?

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  1. Hellaenergy

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    As 2010 rolls around I would like to start a discussion on the DSB (Deep Sand Bed). What do we know about them at this point in time?

    Here are some questions I have to seed this discussion:

    1. What are the latest findings in regards to implementation of a DSB? Who are the authorities in this field?

    2. What physically constitutes a DSB? For instance, Sugar Sand + x" deep in an x gallon tank/container.

    3. Water Flow: What kind of flow should a DSB have? Slow? Fast? Steady? Intermittent? Recirculating? Why is this important?

    4. What organisms should be allowed to live within or on a DSB?

    5. How do you test a DSB for effectiveness? What are signs of success?

    6. What sort of maintenance does a DSB require?

    7. Who out there has a working DSB? Meaning a Ammonia -> Nitrite -> Nitrate eating Nitrogen Gas Producing sand bed. How is yours implemented and how did you achieve this success?

    All feedback is welcome and encouraged.
     
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    Are you trying to pick a fight? :gay1:
     
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    No sir just trying to gather information :gay1:
     
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    Yeah, I dont think any thread mentioning sand has ever been less than 10 pages. That said I do enjoy reading them.
     
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    Where's Redwinger?!?! It's go time!!!:beerchug:
     
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    I am wrestling with what to do for my new display. I am going to do an SPS display, restricted by my choice to try a regal angel. I just can not bring my self to do a sand bed of any kind.

    But I have a 29 gal fuge underneath that I can do whatever I want with. I really am attracted by the idea of having more species in sand, and more life spewing and overflowing into my return pump to feed the display.

    But then I think of the crud settling in there and the dangers of a power out... not that that will be an issue because clint is going to hook up my home generator to that outlet... still... the idea...
    I have even tried to convince myself by the idea that I could keep a jawfish down there... sigh.

    Still I keep coming back to how easy it is to deal with live rock on a small pvc rack with one pump underneath to stop settling. I worrie about becoming the jaded, unsympathetic, old salt that is stuck in his ways.... but it works so well...

    Then I convince myself that I should put a 180 where the old reefstock mix and match started... with a dsb and cheato fuge for mushroom and zoa growout... hmmmm:biggrin:
     
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    MY next SPS tank will not have any SAND that's including in my sump period, but just a LR & Cheato in-sump, kick azz skimmer, UV and Vodka dosing. Keep it simple and it will be simple :beerchug:
     
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    cry me a river
     
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    :flamethrower: So... back to the topic :biglaugh2:
     
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    I have considered doing rubble ... large rubble in my fuge in colanders of sorts... probably the pond potting things since they are square. The intention would be to grow sponge down there and be able to take out convenient amounts at a time to feed the angels.
     
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    How did God design the ocean floor?[COLOR="MediumTurquoise"][/COLOR]
     
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    We can't possibly recreate the ocean floor. We can control Nitrates ;)
     
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    True but we may able to learn something from it ;-)
     

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