Seeding a new DSB

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Easy Tiger, 20 Apr 2009.

  1. Easy Tiger

    Easy Tiger Day Dreamer Deluxe

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    Hi all - I installed a new DSB over the weekend to replace the ceramics that I had. I am still running 60% of the original ceramics until the DSB is up and functional.

    Can I beg a cup or two of LIVE SAND from any reefers near me pleae to seed the new DSB? I am near Honeydew/Randpark Ridge etc etc.

    Any advice on how to speed up the maturation of the DSB?

    THANKS!
     
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    Easy Tiger, mature sand from another reefers tank is the best way. Another method which I used was, suspend LR using egg crate over the DSB, and it helped.
     
  4. Jaak

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    As Mekaeel said, that's about the only way...:)
     
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    It helps with the bio-diversity if you can swap a cup full with other reefers. The more the better. And re-do it every six months.
    Some live forms will be dominant and push out other stuff. A DSB must be re-seeded else the diversity in there goes down.
     
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    Ditto-- about the best way being getting some starter sands from fellow aquarists with established systems.
     
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    Easy tiger, send warr a pm he must be very close to you, and he's a very helpful fella.

    just be careful of his dog:)
     
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