2010: What do we know about Deep Sand Beds?

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    what you need to ask yourself is do you like the look of dsb? there are other ways to control Nitrates if you dont like dsb...
     
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    Keep in mind that a DSB does not have to be in your display tank. For instance, mine is in my basement sump in a dark room where no one sees it.
     
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    You also have to make sure you understand all the Do's and Don'ts of DSB's as well as taking into account the aesthetics. There are some potential drawbacks to DSBs and you can really mess up your tank if you do one of the DSB Don'ts.

    For me personally the potential downsides have led me away from using DSB's at least in the display tank. I considered doing remote DSBs in buckets or something but that was a lot more room and plumbing I didn't want to have to deal with on my new system.
     
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    the only things i dont like is not much research on reaaaaally dsb's
    and also how the species decline in time (got that from your link)
    that being said, i have nitrogen bubbles in my semi DSB in my mantis shrimp tank. 4 inches in a 6 gallon tank.
    hella how are the filefish?
     
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    That is why I'm going the route that mattb suggests and not having any critters in my DSB. And filtering the water well before it gets there.

    The filefish are doing great :biggthumpup: What won't they eat is the question now ;) They are lovin the 120.
     
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    ah nice, glad to hear that :D
    are nitrogen bubbles bad?
    mantis shrimp will clear plenty of larger critters. wandering hands too :beerchug:
     
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    Nitrogen Gas is the desired end result of this process. It means that the Nitrates are being processed. How are your Nitrate levels?

    I'm scared of mantis shrimp :)
     
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    they are low considering the waste load. last time i tested it was 10 ppm.
    and that was a day after a meal of fresh fish. if i didnt feed him one week im sure it would be almost nothing. not just thanks to the sand bed though, theres plenty of algae in there.

    i hear you man, even with a max size of 3.5 inches, he intimidates the crap out of me.
    actually, she intimidates me :gay1:
     

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