thoughts on bare base tanks

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  1. 4age

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    hi guys

    im considering going for bare base setup when I redo my tank...predominantly sps..was thinking of minimal live rock with sps even encrusting on base.

    was wondering if any sa reefers are running bare base tanks, and if so, can I get some feedback and possible pics..seen awesome pics on overseas sites
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    @carlosdeandrade is going this way, he has researched this and i am sure he will have some valuable input.

    its starting to grow on my, but i love my inverts :)

    this guy is removing his gravel and it actually looks great

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    Ahhh Biggle's tank. Been folowing this guy in OZ for months.

    Awesome tank
     
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    i think he has gone back to having gravel now
     
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    I do barebottom, when doing acropora dominated tanks, its the only way I'll do it.
    Allows more flow, minimizes detritus settlement.
     
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    agree

    i few years back this was a major trend.............that works well

    however....everyone wants jaw fish and inverts so usually all does a full circle:blush:
     
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    What works for a display you look down on is a fancy tile that you buy from 'Tiles for Africa' or something, combined with cryptic lighting, you have a bare-bottom which doesn't look bare.

    Or you could superglue a layer of sand to a sheet of acrylic to use as said tile(s). If you are creative, you could pull it off.......
     
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    An old pic, having to get through all those sticks to vacuum and siphon a sandbed just wouldnt do it for me.
     
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    :eek:@irieivan...tank looked awesome. .where did u get that yellow stag
     
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    @irie ivan That is awesome

    I wish I still had a normal tank at home that I could make; just a carpet of zoas with LPS ontop and maybe some compatible SPS ontop of them, in a 100liter or somthing....living macro-substrate effect
     
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    Also doing only bare bottom, & will never go back to substrate (except in species only tank type of thing)...
    Makes it a breeze to clean, & assists with nutrient export etc.
    Couldn't be easier!
    When going SPS. Go barebottom... You can thank me & @irie ivan afterwards, lol.
     
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    Definitely going no substrate. Placing sps on bottom and seeing them grow over the base will rock. Since when do sps grow on substrate? It has it's drawbacks in term of fish species being able to be kept and even some inverts.
     
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    @carlosdeandrade .thats what I want to do..have 3 different encrusting montipora I wana grow over the substrate
     
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    Something you can consider is to buy a black plexiglass sheet that fits exactly into the bottom of the tank, & place everything on top of it. Will prevent you from seeing "through" the bottom glass pane, & since it lies flat on the glass bottom, it wont allow detritus to settle there. Also allows corraline algae to grow on the bottom quicker that with normal glass for some weird reason...

    I did it with my pico, & am considering doing it in my frag tank, & all future tanks as well.
    The black plexiglass also limits the algae to grow on it since it absorbs the light rather than reflecting it back up to the algae!

    My pico with plexiglass bottom
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    What about black enamel on the underneath of the tank, between the glass and polystyrene layer?
     
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    My current bare bottom tanks.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201316224418840&set=a.10201316219978729.1073741840.1569796931&type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201316224458841&set=a.10201316219978729.1073741840.1569796931&type=3&theater

    The two bare bottom tanks before the cyclone wiped them out in January 2013.

    Top tank.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3400461701542&set=a.3182334928509.2112284.1569796931&type=3&theater

    The bottom one as at it evolved.


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    4 months later after some juggling, it lasted one and a half years from there before 4 days with no power from then cyclone killed near all of it.I have a generator now.
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    The biggest mistake I have made with my current tank is adding substrate. In the past I ran a few tanks BB. So much easier to remove detritus and hammer the tank with flow keeping SPS happy. The amount of detritus that settles in the sand bed is unbelievable.
    Planning on slowly removing all substrate and going bare bottom.
     
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    My old BB tank
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  21. 4age

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    Im definitely being swayed towards bare base tanks with all these awesome pics. Im just worried about clams etc which I have. Will hav2 make a plan for them
     
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