My DSB - Good or Bad

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Sentari, 6 May 2010.

  1. Sentari

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    I thought i would post this in another thread.

    I would just like to know if the bubbles in my DSB is normal and if its okay for me to run my feather worms on my DSB or if i should put some egg crate in and put them on there? They always going to move.

    Basically Yay or Nay. Ive seen alot of change in this DSB in the last year. Its amaing to watch.

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    I've got much of the same going on so I'd like to tag along here
     
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    Isn't that Nitrogen being released?
     
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    I read that bubbles are a very good sign that the DSB is starting to work.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Looks pretty good. Those "air bubbles" are small pockets of nitrogen gas forming and rising up through the bed, all good. :)
     
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    Hi Deon - my humble opinion - it looks like your DSB is working (if I look at the bubbles), BUT, there does seem to be a wee bit of a lack of micro fauna (worms, pods, etc), that I can visibly see.

    It does indeed look like the biological functionality of your DSB seems to be working though.

    [EDIT] Sorry - I will find the correct picture and post it. That was not 100% correct...
     
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    Sentari Thread Starter

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    Awesome thanks Gents!

    My Cheato has been moved to the ATS. but the pods have their place in the feather worms. I seem them from time to time.
     
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    I also had tube worms over my DSB, just be careful that they don't take over in such a way that they restrict waterflow over the DSB. Mine grew so quickly and I had to remove them.
     
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    Cool i'm putting some in my DT now and then for my copperband to snack on :) He loves them.
     
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    Finding some cool stuff in my DSB. Thought i would share with you.

    Pods and Worms :)

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    Nice DSB. good wildlife around.

    I found that just a couple of empty shells provide good homes for worms and copepods, they need some place to hide.
     
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    I think you have a lekker dsb and I would like mine to look like that in 10 months.
     
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    SchyffS Reef Aquarist

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    Hi, Sentari, nice DSB. Its definitely working 100%, the proof of it is the bubbles forming on the glass sides. Its nitrogen gas(No2)
    Its the byproduct of the denitrification cycle where the anaerobic bacteria removes 1 oxygen molecule from No3(to survive) and thus No2 is left in the form of gas....i.e the bubbles
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Always wondered what a good DSB would look like. Now i know :)
     
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    Now If we can get get bacteria to convert the Nitrogen to nitrous oxide - ALL our pumps should run much faster!!! :yeahdude:
     
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