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  1. Reidwans

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    Hi Reefers

    Just a question
    I recently had a disaster my sump cracked
    I was told to setup natural filtration using only LR
    I would like to know the following
    I removed the crushed coral from my one sump department can I use this in my new dsb or must it be finer the crushed coral is quite big pieces larger than the sand or sea sand
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    There are other forms of filtration out there
    For a DSB to be effective, you need to use fine substrate. Crushed coral may be too coarse and end up trapping detritus
    What size tank is it and what other forms of filtration are you using?
     
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    Hi 459b

    The tank is a 1m square cubed tank
    I am only running LR in my sump now
    have build a separate sump added a dsb and algae section for chato cauletptra etc
     
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    Skimmer?
    What livestock are you keeping?
     
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    At the moment nothing in tank yet accept a crab some snails
    I want to keep som e soft corals and a few nice fish nothing too extreme
    I had clowns yellow tangs,gobies,blue and tallow tails etc
     
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    LR and a skimmer is perfect, referred to as the Berlin method.
    for nutrient export you can carbon dose or use myriad of other products on the market
     
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    depends on you as reefer as well. Your lifestyle.
    Are you comfortable with dosing?

    Having a remote DSB to your system, once it matured is great. It is cheaper than buying reactors and or adding media every 6 months or so. Depending on total tank volume, different filtation options do cost more to setup and run. DSB is extra cost for the glass initially. And a big job to wash out the sand. Takes longer to mature, up to 6 months. But is more stable than a NP pellet reactor. Power can go out for a while with no issues.

    Depends on what you want to do.

    If you want instant filtration, the Orca cubes will be the fastest to be fully operational. There are a couple of guys who use it, and swears by it. Some others do not like it. Read up on it.
     
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