Substrate

Discussion in 'Fish Only Tanks, Predator Tanks' started by flappy, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. flappy

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    Can anyone recommend a great substrate and where to get it?
     
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    Try one of our sponsors. I know Liaquat from Aquality has some very good aragonite in stock.
     
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    Aragonite, from one of our sponsors. Great quality.

    Cheaper alternative, Toy R Us playsand - must be washed
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    As Warr Mentioned.
    remember Aragonite offers more buffering rather than playsand.many successfull reeftanks run on playsand,and sincing its a fish only tank,i would go the cheaper way (playsand)
     
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    Why not go Bare Bottom ?

    What you need the substrate for in a fish only tank ?
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    coz it looks better;)
     
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    Totally agree, but you got give them options :p
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    personally on a FOWLR tank or LPS and softie tanks,i would prefer going for substrate rather than BB.
     
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    BB is great....if you an LFS!
     
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    LOL! You right Crispin!

    Flappy - go for a DSB of playsand.... Then you can give your fish food as well... (pods)...
     
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    OK so th I have the following linked up to may main display.
    A 2 m sump full of Caribsea Special grade reef sand seflor aragonite in a DSB plenum.
    I also have a 1.2m tank full of Seachem meridian aragonite for a DSB.
    So I think I am covered as far as buffering goes.
    What are the advantages or disadvantages to using playsand as a substrate?
    Does it allow more algae growth or are the particle sizes pretty even thus minimising algae growth?
     
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    Advantages - price and particle size is small enough to not allow detritus build-up

    Disadvantages - no buffering, will go brown if you are cycling or don't have control of your parameters
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    when you say brown,are you referring to Diatoms?if yes,my 600 cube using caribsea aragonite in my DT also went brown with diatos during the cycling period.and no hectic water parameters,normal cycle
     
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    Wait till you see what happens to playsand :whistling:
     
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    ive used playsand before,no ill effects
     
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    Playsand is inert. Does not leach anything, neither does it buffer.... BUT - that's what sodium carbonate/bicarbonate is for....
     
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    How big is your tank?
    I still got a bit of CaribSea Seaflor Special Grade Aragonite left over
    amazing stuff
     
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    awsome stuff that!
     
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    Didn't say it had any ill effects ???
     
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    probably a misunderstaning,what did you mean when you said
    "Wait till you see what happens to playsand "
     
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