Durban Coast and sea sand for DSB

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by silver phanton, 4 May 2009.

  1. silver phanton

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm waiting for my new bakkie and then heading down to durban:slayer:, wheres the best place to get sand for my DSB and am also looking for some mud.

    Guys around the sandton area, can get you some sand if required

    please can someone point me in the direction of a thread that shows how to cure live rock?:yeahdude:
     
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    Hi silver - Durban sea sand is way too dirty with the human traffic and pollution - try to go up North Umdloti/Ballito way where the sand is finer and cleaner! Also try to go in as deep as possible in very low tide than you get nice clean sand!
     
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    Hi Silver,
    I am not a huge fan of sea sand I prefer to use Calcium Hydrocarbonate this is a least beneficial in comparison to the sea sand which will surely increase your silicates. IMO

    As for the live rock how old is your system. If its new and there is no livestock in the aquarium use it to your advantage and let the live rock cure your aquarium. WORKS GREAT.
     
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    Thanks chikaboo
     
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    Morning Phanton also remember to carry your sand moist not dry or swimming in water and it must be the last thing you do before you leave back home as you want to keep as much as possible alive in the sand;)
     
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    @ ADVdiver

    - whats is "Calcium Hydrocarbonate "

    What does silicates do to your tank?

    Awaiting delivery of the tank.
     
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    morning chikaboo, will do,

    Will sea lice survive in a marine tank ?
     
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    btw why must it not be swimming in water?
     
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    any ideas on where to get the mud?
     
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    No idea about the mud but sea lice will survive untill the fishies come:p they will become food! As for water I stand to correction but travelling with water the organisms in the water will also die and send your amonia levels high so you gonna have stuff dying in the sand as it is on your way home now if you add dead stuff from water that you carrying you just gonna make tank cycle a whole lot longer (already is usually 6 to 8 weeks under normal circumstances)
     
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    make sense,

    mmmmm, sea lice ? marine carnage.... cant wait to watch it happen.

    what about sea lice in the sump dsb?
     
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    They will be alright but there's is going to be more than sea lice scurrying around in the dsb! critters like fleas, brisstle worms, pods so keep an eye on them theres micro life out there and they just as interesting to watch as fish and corals and inverts!
     
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    Silicates are basically non-toxic to the organisms in an aquarium. An increased concentration of silicate can, however, lead to the increased algal bloom of diatoms, which utilize silicon dioxide for building their cell walls. Particular attention should therefore be paid to the concentration of silicate when setting up a new aquarium.
    RED SLIME ALGAE MOST COMMON.

    Calcium hydrocarbonate otherwise known as Aragonite or Calcite or calcium carbonate, This is a 98% pure Calcium carbonate and is completely dissolve-able to calcium bicarbonate in a calcium reactor. I found using this substrate/media in a DSB is far more beneficial as in the breakdown of Nitrate's the gases produced react with it adding beneficial nutrients to the aquarium ie. calcium, magnesium,etc.
     
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    thanks, will may be look at play sand
     
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