Help Seed My DSB....I need bugs.

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  1. Schalkdk

    Schalkdk

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    Hi guys.
    I have my DSB going for about three weeks now and I’m starting to see small bug like things swimming, but would like to get some sand from a well established DSB to properly seed my DSB.
    Is there anybody in the DBN central area that can spare some?:please:
    It would be much appreciated.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Schalk - how about going to a rockpool at low tide, and getting some sand from the bottom of the pool - to seed your DSB?
     
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    Schalkdk Thread Starter

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    I don’t know if I can do that! I have heard so many horror stories about silica and who knows what’s in the sand just waiting to seep out.
     
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    Schalk - many successful reefkeepers have done that before, and NO - there was no "nasties" that came out. And the silica is not a problem, because it is inert.... You would just be getting a very small amount though.

    Another possibility, is to go to the rockpools at night time (be sure that you are safe), with a flashlight, a very fine net, and a container....

    Then, when you light into the water, all the micro fauna accummulates in the light, then all you do is scoop them up with the net (ensure to use a net with very fine material that you don't loose more noonoo's than what you catch).... then just decant the micro fauna critters into the container (which should of course have some sea water in).....

    And I want to thank BrentV of Shelley Beach for this fantastic idea!
     
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    i agree Jacquesb;) that is an awesome idea!
     
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    Okay cool I’ll be doing that this week end. Thank Guys. :thumbup:
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Dude, go down to Sheffield and collect the sand from there on a spring low tide. I also used the sand from there in the past. I havent seen anyone peeing in those rock pools as yet.
     
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    LOL Meks - if the rock pool is big enough, and gets fresh water every high tide, then even peeing in it would cause problems! ;)
     
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    I know dude. I was in the mood of kak praat. :p
     
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