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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerTy View Post
    I like my beach... Looks more natural to me.

    I get decent acro growth so I'm not planning on changing anything.

    Tropic Eden Flakes is the best ever! Blows Caribsea out of the water... Much cleaner and stays put. Tropic Eden is like a fine peanut butter porter and Caribsea is like Budweiser. There, I've said it Cody.
    Ty, you don't want your sand to blow out of the water. You want it to stay in the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarmerTy View Post
    I like my beach... Looks more natural to me.

    I get decent acro growth so I'm not planning on changing anything.

    Tropic Eden Flakes is the best ever! Blows Caribsea out of the water... Much cleaner and stays put. Tropic Eden is like a fine peanut butter porter and Caribsea is like Budweiser. There, I've said it Cody.
    Ha Ha...I like my Tropic Eden too!

    Be careful...Cody has had a gun in his hand lately. A paint gun that is.

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    Here’s a few grain sizes to give you an idea. Photo credit to Premium Aquatics...edited by yours truly. :-)


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    I have run the CaribSea Bahimi pink in high flow tanks with little to no issues as long as I don't have a power head pointed directly at the bed. For example in my 20g lionfish tank, I have a Fluval 306 and 2K L/hr powerhead configured for turbulent gyre in the tank. The Bahimi pink sand stays put where anything smaller will get blown around.

    The more I think about it The more I with I would have run it in the 75g instead of the crushed coral base (4/5mm) that I went with. The Bahimi Bink is so much easier to work with, and keep clean by vacuuming. The crushed base develops algae on it so fast that I'm having to constantly stir it or hit it with the sand vac to keep it looking somewhat white instead of a slightly fuzzy green. Even with a foxface and yellow tang constantly grazing on it I still have to step in and work the bed. I was thinking a sand goby or something but the aggregate is too large for him to work on. Plus with multiple RFA i'd have a constant problem with him covering them up. I thought about a sand sifting sea star, but I'd be worried about all the other corals I have in the bed getting knocked around as well.. So I'm left with cleaning the bed almost weekly jut to keep it looking nice....
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    Bring your nutrients down lower. Ever thought about siphoning it out and changing it?

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    No sand here but I have crushed coral residue which is close to sand. I am trying to reduce my nitrates by slowly removing my crushed coral. I have a lot of live rock so no real need for sand anyways.

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    I run bare bottom and like it. My tanks do look sterile at for a while at start up. Once you get something on the bottom it is hardly noticeable.

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    Ya me too .. I even like to show off my bare bottom tank.

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    Bare bottoms appeal to me for about 4 reasons.

    1. Being able to grow corals on the bottom glass.
    2. You can easily siphon out detritus.
    3. Flow across the bottom of the tank.
    4. Easy to break down the system if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    Bare bottoms appeal to me for about 4 reasons.

    1. Being able to grow corals on the bottom glass.
    2. You can easily siphon out detritus.
    3. Flow across the bottom of the tank.
    4. Easy to break down the system if needed.
    I moved my tank twice in 5 months. Not having sand made it easy. For the second move I did not even have rocks in the tank.

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