Q for setup DSB

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by wringo, 11 May 2009.

  1. wringo

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    Hi :
    i was wondering .can i use sand to make DSB Without live sand or live rock?
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    i want to setup that in the
    Second Chamber​
     
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  3. Tony

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    Yes you can. If you have money use aragonite or if you're on a budget like all of us use sugar fine playsand from reggies. Make the bed about 15cm thick
     
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    Yes. But rather don't use building sand... Play sand have been pre washed, and it is supposed to be child safe, so all you need to do is wash it untill it turns white. Building sand might have some stuff in that may be toxic to the tank...
     
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    And if you want to setup a dsb in that sump you are going to have to change it so that the water flows over our dsb and not through it like it would in the middle of your sump
     
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    Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I had some bio rock in my dsb and removed them yesterday, is it a problem to use beach sand?
     
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    Yip thats true..
     
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    You can yes, although you must make sure you wash it very good!!!

    What I suggest is to buy a bag of playsand from toys'rus for R35 p 20KG

    That has been prewashed to clean from toxic stuff, yet you would only have to rinse it until the brown is gone and the sand turns white.

    Works like magic for DSB!!! ;)
     
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    Zee sea sand will work fine for a dsb especially if you can get nice fresh sand from the Beach.
     
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    Cool I think I`ll get some today....Last time I bought aragonite for my tank, its costed about R170 a bag a 20kg bag? Whats the lastest prices?
     
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    I went over the weekend, dont know if you guys saw the news or the paper, the sea was all foamed up!
     
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    Do you stay close to the coast if you do sea sand is the best but if you stay inland Reggie play sand is next best thing over time it will cure and will work just ass good as sea sand.The advantage of sea sand is it is all ready full of live and the time it will take is much quicker to cure than play sand.
     
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    In Pretoria East I bought play sand from Newlands Garden Center

    R40 for a bag I can not pick up....my back...:)

    But you must wash it.
     
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    Ok cool thanks...
     
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    Zee - I have beach sand in BOTH my tanks..... as well as in my reef tank's sump..... and I have not had a day's trouble with it. I collected the sand in my reef tank, from Bloubergstrand, and the sand in my 1.2 metre tank, from Big Bay (in front of Onse Huisie Restaurant)....

    I am VERY happy with this sand..... BUT, I DO suggest to rather collect at low tide, in the rock pools that still have water in them, once the tide have subsided...... Collect the sand from WITHIN the water/pools..... Even tough there might be some "skimmate" foam on top of the water, this will not affect the sand at the bottom......
     
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    Thanks Jacquesb! Will collect at l Blouberg this weekend.....picked up sand around camps bay but threw it back as it never looked so good.once again thank you.
     
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    Ok Jacquesb, so I came from Blouberg lastnight and collected some sand, well way too much however threw in my sump lastnight.My skimmer worked overtime as some say clean the sand first and others say no its still live so throw it in.But never the less I noticed when this morning when I turned on my sump light that the sand looks alot like small stones and not like sand ``sand`` if you know what I mean. Is this ok to use?:(
     
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    Hi Zee - Have a look at the pics in my tank's thread.... you will what mine in my reef tank looks like....

    I have some amazing pod live... and worm live in the DSB in both my tank, as well as DSB....

    The particle size in of the sand in my reef tank, is between 0.5mm and 1mm....
     
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    quick question. must one go as big as he possible can make a dsb? is bigger more benificial for the system?
     
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    Looks good bro, maybe mine must mature.Your tank looks good bro.:thumbup:
     
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    I visited a friend whose DSB is 1m long. So
     
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