Bare bottom?


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Hi Guys

I will be adding a new cube to my collect tomorrow. I'm thinking of trying out bare bottom. What are your thoughts on this?
 

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Personal choice. Also depends on what types of fish you want to keep as well as types of coral. I personally prefer substrate. It looks more "natural" to me.
 
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Personal preference.
I have heard that It could stress some fish as they're not use to seeing there reflection from under them.
But I have no idea how true it is.But worth knowing.
 
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You definitely get a nice clean look going barebottom, also less detritus gets caught in the sand.

Sand looks more natural though. And some fish like certain wrasses sleep in the sand z
 
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Open brains and the like wont like it. No sand sifters either. Great for low nutrient systems where detritus is not recommended (just remember that this detritus will always go somewhere, like your sump, so good macro filtration is needed). Paint your bare bottom black, from the outside.

Personal preference, some like it, some don't.
In the end both ways work.
 
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substrate will also offer a better form of buffer as well, if you find yourself getting lackadaisical with routine supplementing.
 
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For me personally bare bottom has lots of advantages, but also disadvantages. After a while the bottom is not bare at all, because coraline algae will cover it. The main advantages is that a bare bottom have less place for detrius to collect, because you can direct your pumps exactly where you want and how strong you want, because there will be no sandstorm in your tank.

The negative thing to going bare bottom is that there are several species you may want to keep that will be needing substrate and without substrate it will be very difficult to keep them alive. Substrate is also the meduim that a lot of smaller life choose to live in , that is also beneficial in removing toxins and acting as a food source for reef inhabitants.

I've been running bare bottom for long time very succesful, but on my current tank, I decided to live with the extra sleb a substrate brings, because of the inhabitants I want to keep needs substrate.

So primarily , according to me, it is a personal choice as to where you want to go and what you want to achieve. That said, substrate make a tank look more natural.
 
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substrate will also offer a better form of buffer as well, if you find yourself getting lackadaisical with routine supplementing.
Not really true, as substrate only starts to dissolve at a pH of below 6.8.
 
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Imo I think we past the hurdles that substrate proposed and the main reason we use to go barebottom

We know the substrate needs to be alive. Not too deep and needs to be tended to by cuc.

I think our biggest challenge we still face is trying to keep substrate put in a high flow system.
 
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Yes Leslie especially if you want to go with quite a fine substrate.
 
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