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Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by dallasg, 12 Feb 2009.

  1. dallasg

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    Thanks Dallas i've sticky'd it to save it getting lost.
     
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    Now - THIS is ONE guy I will take his word for!
     
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    cool article

    how this weird creature living in the DSB's

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    Thanks for sharing bud!
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    glad i found it on his site, even getting his book, so now i am going to add another 1sqm of dsb to my DT :)
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks a million!
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    My personal opinion is that between a skimmer and a decent sized DSB and possibly algae scrubber - you have your total filtration sorted!

    I have a 2 metre by 600mm by 15cm (mostly - some places the fish have "thinned it out" to about 8cm) DSB in my display tank, and a 800mm by 600mm by 18cm DSB in my tank's sump!
     
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    it show you that the natural way is always best, thanks for shearing Dallas
    i think our estuaries is full of that mud his referring to ,places like kosi bay,and st Lucia it mite be Worth to collect some of that estuary mud to get tings started in your dsb.
     
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    Ben - I too think that you are QUITE CORRECT! Estuary mud seems to be the way to go! :thumbup: :yeahdude: :biggrin:
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i have researched this, all of our estuaries and mangrove are protected.
    I am importing mangroves for my tank, about 75 which i will resell once matured and healthy, i then will also sell the MUD :)

    the only draw back is that mangroves use up Mg, so will have to suppliment that, but i am looking for a natural solution.
    watch my thread
     
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    What about for using epsom salts to dose magnesium? Epsom salts is: magnesium sulphate...... the only possible issue would be an accummulation of sulphates over a period of time....
     
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    i was thinking of filling my DT and sump with it, but in the DT i can just make it about 100mm deep will it still work?. in the sump it's not a problem there it can bee 350mm deep.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am trying to see how one could dissolve it out, will see what i find
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    ben, needs to be atleast 12-15cm deep
     
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    Although mangroves are a nice addition to a refugium they are very slow growers and not good enough for sufficient nutrient export. Chaeto or caulerpa is much better in that sence.
     
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    Mangroves might be slow growers but they add nice bio-diversity and other benefits, I am writing an article on them and natural filtration which will be a MASA exclusive.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
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    Unless you running baby mangroves, they will export nutrients, way better than macro algae, just due to their size. The most effective mangrove refuge are run outdoors to allow the tree to really grow.

    Check out the one in the Calfo book, very cool.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Yip :) I am getting baby ones, and a nice variety :)
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    Local or imported ?
     
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