Substrate...and such.

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  1. Wetty

    Wetty Tuned by Tunze, turboed by Red Sea

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    I want to start up a fish only marine tank....mostly for smaller marine fish and a few puffer or box fish. One thing im curious about is.......which is the best substrate to begin with? Can I add sum normal fishtank or cage gravel to the mix? And is it safe to add sum actual sea sand to the mix aswell?
    How high a level should the substrate be ( bout 2 inches high? )...just thinking ahead for if i get digging or burrowing fish.
     
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    "which is the best substrate to begin with?"

    Aragonite or playsand

    "Can I add sum normal fishtank or cage gravel to the mix?"

    You can but make sure it is clean and the particle size is about the same as sugar

    "And is it safe to add sum actual sea sand to the mix aswell?"

    Yip, just make sure it comes from a beach that doesn't have loads of human traffic, river outlets or heavy industry nearby. Try collect from below the tide line.

    "How high a level should the substrate be ( bout 2 inches high? )"

    Should be fine for gobies etc.







     
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    Fanx for the intelligent and easy to understand responses.....but could u explain wot is playsand to me? :)
     
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    sand that is used for children's sandpits, try baby boom i buy from them R35 for 20KG or reggies or toys r us should have as well
     
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    Just take note Wetty: THe playsand (and aragonite) - but especially the play sand, will have to be washed VERY thoroughly. It is indeed MUCH cheaper than aragonite, BUT you have to wash it like 10 to 15 times....

    Also - what Warr unfortunately left out - you should decide whether you want to go DSB (Deep sand bed - a VERY good method of filtration) IN your tank, or SSB (shallow sand bed - very little, if any, filtration - purely for "looks").

    DSB = 12cm to 15cm deep, where SSB between 5cm and 8cm deep....
     
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    IMO, if wetty is going to have a fish only tank, I wouldn't worry about a DSB, rather just get a strong skimmer and you sorted ;)
     
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    Good advice, fish only tanks tend to end up with a heavy fish load and sand beds get clogged quickly.
     
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    Never took that into consideration.....im learning so much....carry on guys ;)
     

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