What is the best sand for a DSB?

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  1. NickW

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    Hi Guys,

    I would just like to know what the best sand to use for a DSB (sump) is? What works the best.

    Have heard crushed coral? play sand? etc etc.

    PLease provide some insight, if it makes a difference the DT will one day house mostly SPS.

    Thanks.
     
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  3. Wes

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    play sand - reggies or builders
     
  4. Lord_Blackadder

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    Sump DSB...I'd also go with playsand, about 12-15cm thick. Live estuarine mud + playsand works really well too if you're at the coast at some point.
     
  5. Tremayn

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    I think caribsea make miracle mud.. Similar thing?
     
  6. mariusmeyer

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    Best sandy substrate for DSB is the sugar fine aragonite. Most cost effective and still good and used widely is playsand.
     
  7. Lord_Blackadder

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    Hmm, not sure. This is just organic rich black mud from areas where you get seagrass in estuaries. IME you get a lot more biodiversity (especially worms) using this than just plain sand. Obviously if you want to grow seagrass you pretty much need it.
     
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    Can one collect a cupful of mud from beachwood mangroves perhaps.
     
  9. Lord_Blackadder

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    Hmm, best to get from a tidal river/estuary in an unpolluted area. Not sure how clean it'll be there.
     
  10. Hammerhead

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    I read on one of your posts that u keep sand/mud prawns n ur Mud filter, care to elaborate a lil, will they not cause too much disturbance in a DSB, what do they feed on.
     
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    Jip reggies the cheapest and works teh best for me.
    Ive got my DSB at 150mm and it seems to work better than my first tank wich was at 120mm
     
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    Hmm, think that's richardmatlock. Method is sound though. Sand prawns actually farm bacteria in the mud.
     
  13. RiaanP

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    Playsand from a garden centre. A lot cheaper than Reggies, And just as dirty.

    Aragonite is "better" depending on how thick is your wallet. I would rather use aragonite in my display and playsand in my DSB.
     
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    i think its a matter of personal preference and how much you willing to stretch ur wallet.... aragonite is better than playsand,mineral mud is better than aragonite and so on and so on.... so the best answer i can think of is .... decide what you willing to spend and dnt take the advise that playsand is best to use, coz its not,its the cheapest:tt2:

    so back to your question, what substrate is BEST and not "cheapest"

    just thort i would point it out
     
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