View Poll Results: Should I go bare bottom or not? Please vote and help me decide!

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  • Yes, Go Bare Bottom.

    5 25.00%
  • Yes, with White Starboard bottom.

    1 5.00%
  • Yes, with Black ABS bottom.

    4 20.00%
  • No, use 0.5-2.0 of Mini-flakes, Meso-flakes, or Reef-flakes Sand.

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    https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/what-are-major-components-to-stable-biological-filtration-the-brs-wwc-system-ep7-brstv.487552/

    BRS is dealing with the same issue I am. We all like sand, but we all like heavier flow with less maintenance.

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    You know I was looking at the tittle of this discussion. And I think it comes down to the shape you are in as to if you should go bare bottom. Should I go bare bottom?Should I go bare bottom?Should I go bare bottom?Should I go bare bottom?Should I go bare bottom?

    No seriously it should have sand. According to the wife she agrees for a reef tank it should have sand



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    HaHa! Ok. I may side with ur wife.

    Not sure where that video went above the last post. Just disappeared in thin air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
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    Yes since you are going skimmerless

    If I were you I would invest in an incredible skimmer-in my opinion the most important piece of equipment. Water changes could never export the organics that a skimmer exports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RR-MAN View Post
    Yes since you are going skimmerless

    If I were you I would invest in an incredible skimmer-in my opinion the most important piece of equipment. Water changes could never export the organics that a skimmer exports.
    No doubt a great piece of equipment. Will get one down the road, but first will see how long I can go without it. :-)

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    Nobody is gonna vote for the clean white Starboard bottom??!!!

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    I would vote for white Starboard over the black, but I voted for sand because anything else is for quarantine or frag tanks, in my opinion.

    On the other hand, my Clarkii clown loves to rearrange the sand so much, it would be pretty interesting to switch the sand for the white Starboard and see if it drove her crazy.

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    Man, I just don't know what to do. There's benefits on both sides. At this point I really wanna try and grow some Acro's.

    In the long run I know bare bottom will run cleaner and I can run with slightly higher flow.

    I think I can get more random flow when I run powerheads "lower" across the bottom and back of the tank, but still keeping some up high like normal.

    But gosh I just love the way that white sand looks and all the critters that utilize it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    Man, I just don't know what to do. There's benefits on both sides. At this point I really wanna try and grow some Acro's.

    In the long run I know bare bottom will run cleaner and I can run with slightly higher flow.

    I think I can get more random flow when I run powerheads "lower" across the bottom and back of the tank, but still keeping some up high like normal.

    But gosh I just love the way that white sand looks and all the critters that utilize it.
    This discussion came up on the tank tour yesterday while we were looking at David's tank with 6"+ of sand, massive water flow, and corals bigger than basketballs. If your biggest negative of sand is that it might get churned up, then you're worrying over nothing. No sand is an uncommon thing in my experience, and that's having learned from a lot of sps growers. I don't know a single nice sps tank that doesn't run sand, to be honest. It really comes down to what you think looks nice. Pick sand or no sand, then call it a day.
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