Dsb clean up crew

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by lanzo, 20 Jan 2008.

  1. lanzo

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    hey hey my dsb is now up and running for 4weeks now.
    But there is alot of detritus on my dsb.
    What do i need to get to keep the upper layer clean?
    And my cheoto isn't growing( it's under 2 t8's pink and white)(my cheoto is on my dsb.)
     
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    Cheato not growing is a sign that you dont have nutrients to feed it or inadequate lighting.

    You can gently siphon off the top of the DSB, Be carefull not to disturb anything deeper than a cm or so.

    Get hermits as clean up crew, I use filter floss between my skimmer and dsb, thus having very little that gets through, after more than a year I have never had any clean up crew nor have I ever siphoned any detritus of.
     
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    but then you need to replace the filter klos every 3 days?
    something else than hermits?
     
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    yip thats what i do, bristtle stars mhhh
     
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    Excuse me...are you sure that is what YOU do? Or is that what A.N.G.R.Y. does ???

    Lanzo, how high is the water level above your DSB?
     
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    It comes down to training and a good taskmaster :D:D
     
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    made this it contains filter floss

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    there it is in action no dirty filter all the dirt gets taken by this little gadget can buy it in any pet store that is worth while
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    Good idea nakoma, only problem is that it's high maintenance, I don't like high maintenance equipment, I'm too lazy :p
     
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    i hear you only clean it once every second day actually is not to bad sometimes leave it 3 days but not more it has a thing inside that keeps the filter wool nice and even so it does not glog up filter flos is very thin in there so it flows nicly
     
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    hey viper i'm not at my tank now, i think 15cm.
    Kanga what kind of bristle stars,small ones?
     
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    Hi lanzo - how big is your sump?
     
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    Hi lanzo - how big is your DSB?
     
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    Pink and white light will do nothing for Chaeto I'm afraid. I have tried FW plants under 10,000K lights before and it died faster than Britney Spears' motherly instincts.

    You would be better off finding some 6,500K energy savers or better yet, T5.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    2ft 6500k T8 bulbs work well in helping Chaeto grow should there be nutrients present
     
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    dsb is 15cm deep ,tjek out my thread diy dsb all the specs is there, i don't know how to paste a link, sorry
     
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    o.k i got two ligth savers one is a cool white and the other one is a blue spirel one.
    This is very sharp, will it let my cheoto grow?
     
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    Hi Lanzo - will still check out your DIY DSB sump..... Haven't yet...

    BUT, regarding your lights - plants and their kin needs white-light, in the band 4000 - 8000K range.... The white will most likely work fine, BUT the blue is only ever used to bring colors out in corals and fish...... BUT not to make plants grow.... (unless the plants are red in color - I think that I read somewhere that red macro algae grows quite well in blue-light.... This would most likely be "deep water" macro-algae - where white light is extremely scarce, and blue-light abundant....
     
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    o.k so i can replace the blue bulp with 1 more white one.
    Where can i find those small bristel stars?
     
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