Bare bottom or substate

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Mekaeel, 14 Dec 2007.

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BB or Substrate

Poll closed 29 Dec 2007.
  1. go BB

    26.3%
  2. go substrate

    73.7%
  1. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the time has come for me to move my tank.im planning wether to go BB or substrate,i really love to go BB but at the same time im gonna miss the look of substrate.planning on creating enough flow under the rock work to help prevent detrtus settlement.just to add,my base is 10mm glass,what are the chances of rocks falling and cracking the base if bare bottom?
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  3. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i should add,this tank is gonna be SPS dominated
     
  4. SIMS

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    Hey Mek I'm in the same position...setting up a new tank and have no idea what to do...
     
  5. Tridan

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    hey well if you going sps would recomend bb, just easier to work with.
     
  6. sunburst

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    Agree. Work :) being the operative word. BB is more work. Manual nutrient export is a critical part of BB. However, because you no longer have sand... flow directed at the bottom can be used to create fall out areas. The only reason sps are more challenging is because they are more work. ie nutrient control = work. When so many people talk about agressive nutrient export, do you think they are talking about reading the Sunday paper and letting the snails work their magic. ...No they mean that you are permanently ticked off because you are constantly cleaning up someone else's mess.

    I miss my Sunday paper...and BB is UUUggly
     
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    I miss my Sunday paper...and BB is UUUggly[/quote]
    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  8. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hey boet judging from your current system you seem to have things waxed with sps..

    be careful changing your style, but do what is best for you inhabitants....

    i am considering substrate but have always been a bare bottm fan.....
     
  9. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    dude most of my substrate has turned to rock.in the last few months
     
  10. Reef Maniac

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    Not enough life in the sand ?
     
  11. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    you think that could be the cause Hennie?do you mean stuff like the little goggas etc..
     
  12. lanzo

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    HEY SORRY TO GO OFF TOPIC
    But, is the little goggas good for ones tank?
    If i turn off my lights at night, then i see alot and alot of stuff coming out of my sand and rock.
     
  13. Tridan

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    They are very inportant lanzo most are detritivores
     
  14. sunburst

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    Playing a see saw act with alkalinity and calcium. ie dosing bigger than normal doses at once
     
  15. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thought as much,evertime the carx goes faulty then im back on the manuall dosage.
     
  16. sihaya

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    Ugh... I don't know about SA, but this topic has caused some nasty cyber "wars" here in the states. Personally, I think DSBs are great, but you can probably keep coral just as well without them. The best of both worlds, IMO, is the remote DSB (or better yet, a nice big refugium with a DSB).
     
  17. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thats my plan :)
     
  18. sihaya

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    Nice. Most some pics when you get it done!
     
  19. sihaya

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    My same thought... not enough worms/bugs/etc. to keep those bacteria from making cement.
     
  20. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    whats strange is half my DSB is live sea sand and the top half is the same aragonite as my display but that hasnt turned hard, and is loaded with all sorts of creepy crawlys
     
  21. Shaun

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    Looks like in SA this topic is not a problem as this tread did not last.

    I like my substrate it look more natural and is full of fan worms.
     
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