Urgent help with substrate

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  1. Jaco Schoeman

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    Hi

    I currently have substrate the size of riced crispies. Tomorrow I am collecting some eggcrate and LR from Dallas. So I am planning to rescape my whole tank. This means taking all the current LR and corals out. I then have a chance to replace my rice crispie gravel with something finer. Would you recommend I use the same playsand I used in my DSB or will this just create sandstorms?

    Or should I keep the current substrate?

    Please advise urgently, time is few!!!

    Thanks :thumbup:
     
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    Hi Jaco - Play sand with be more than 100% in your tank, as substrate. The only time that you will get sand-storms, if the power-heads are directed at the sand-bed.... otherwise, deflecting the power-heads off the glass inside the tank, does not cause sand-beds - unless you have like 150 times water turnover.....
     
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    BTW: What depth are you planning your substrate to be? a DSB? or a SSB?
     
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    Thank Jacques

    My tank is only about 30cm deep in total, so I would thing SSB.
    I do have a 12cm deep DSB in my sump, so it's not crucial for a DSB in the tank I would imagine.

    One issue I have is my Anemone is sitting nicely tucked in the corner of my tank, with it's foot on the floor. I think I'll just clear away most large substrate around it, without upsetting it too much, and then just put the sand around it. Will it work?

    With regards to a SSB, I know I must be carefull of what species I then put in the tank...
     
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    Yes Jaco - it will work. And yes again. You will have to ensure that the species you want to put in the tank, does not want/require a dsb...
     
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    Great thanks Jacques!!! :thumbup:

    Just to confirm, the major advantage of finer substrate is that finer substrate better house bacteria and does not trap as much gaggas as my rice crispies does huh?

    I mean, this is a step in the right direction for me?
     
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    Yes - definitely, Jaco. Yes on both points.
     
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    Great, I'm starting to learn something from you guys then!!! THANKS!!! :peroni:
     
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