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    Sand in my new tank!?! OHH NO! Rant below about why you like or dislike sand.

    Yikes!! SAND!!!!

    I'll start this thing off.

    Some SPS guru's will say...."Ohh... well clearly he has no clue, because with sand he can't provide the corals enough flow." If you were present at Jason Fox's presentation at Reef Currents, you likely heard him say, "I don't put sand in my tanks." "It would blow sand up on the corals because the flow is so high." "Corals don't grow in sand, they grow on the rocks, etc." Some of this is true to some extent. If you follow WWC, you know that most of their tanks are bare bottom except for Casper's reef. IMO, That reef is the best looking reef in that store. Why? It has sand on the bottom. We need to keep in mind that these guys are trying to make as much profit as they can. They started as hobbyist, but now they're in it for the money.

    So why would we want sand?

    Well... it really comes down to "personally preference." If you're not a wholesaler (most of us aren't) than you probably like the look of sand. It reflects light and looks amazing in your home. Some might argue that it becomes a nutrient sink. This is somewhat true if you're a newbie. It really just depends on how deep the sand is, grain size, husbandry, and what animals are in the tank to help with maintenance. I believe if the right grain size is selected you can achieve moderate to high flow that will be more than enough to grow SPS corals. Almost enough to shear the tissue off some corals. Over time, sand settles and will stay put if you don't stir it (depending on the size). I've had a lot of luck with Tropic Eden Reef Flakes. It can handle quite a bit of flow. If you like wrasse's you may want a place for them to sleep (sand). If you're looking for a way to help process excess food and poop, a finer sand can house the right animals to keep it clean. I've actually got quite a few critters in my sand right now. The sand is Tropic Eden Mini Reef Flakes. If you're looking to reduce nitrates, a deep sand bed (DSB) [typically sugar fine and 4"] can help with denitrification and can also house every single sand critter you like. The bigger grain sizes limit what you can keep in the sand and how the sand can actually perform.

    My personal reasons for wanting sand:
    1. Aesthetically pleasing.
    2. Surface area for beneficial bacteria.
    3. I like wrasse's.
    4. Light reflection
    5. Sand critters.
    6. Waste reduction via worms, etc.
    7. I like mixed reefs.

    I don't mind sacrificing slightly less growth from my SPS in order to have a tank that looks more appealing to me. With the right grain size, I don't think you would sacrifice enough growth to be concerned. Again, we're not wholesalers so it really shouldn't matter that much. Some of the healthiest and most appealing reefs I've seen have sand in them.

    WHAT'S YOUR OPINIONS ON SAND??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post




    Stop posting pictures of my tanks.
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    I personally think a tank without sand looks sterile and is missing something. As far as the sand blowing around goes, the secret is to have the pumps pulse. I have way oversized powerheads, worked on the timing between the two, got a nice back and forth wave motion, and have no issues with sand blowing around.
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    I like the looks of the sand. Each their own. I have plenty of flow in my tank and donít have issues with my sand blowing around. I have different sand critters in my tank which help with keeping the sand clean.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    I personally think a tank without sand looks sterile and is missing something. As far as the sand blowing around goes, the secret is to have the pumps pulse. I have way oversized powerheads, worked on the timing between the two, got a nice back and forth wave motion, and have no issues with sand blowing around.
    I agree. I’m deciding on if I wanna go with Reef Flakes again or Reef Grand Select. Heck, I’m enjoying the Mini Flakes so much I may just dump that in there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    I agree. I’m deciding on if I wanna go with Reef Flakes again or Reef Grand Select. Heck, I’m enjoying the Mini Flakes so much I may just dump that in there.

    I just use the CaribSea stuff. I've never had too much of an issue with powerheads blowing it around too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    I just use the CaribSea stuff. I've never had too much of an issue with powerheads blowing it around too much.
    That’s a great choice. I just like the Tropic Eden because it’s literally the cleanest sand I’ve ever had.

    Check out this reef...with sand!

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    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.

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    Like my tropic eden flakes also. Ty what kind of creatures help keep your sand clean? Since it does stay put so well, Iím having a hard time keeping it clean.



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