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Is this ok for the tank-new sand
Old 05-28-2009, 05:11 PM   #11
 
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actually with that goby doing what he does in there, your sand should be fine, as long as it can get stirred and moved a bit, the gas pockets disappear or disappear to a safe level.

I have between 1-3" of sand in spots, its built up in spots and 2" of flourite, as long as the kuhlis and MTS's do their jobs I wont have to be as diligient on the sand stirring.
I would not take this chance on a marine system. You could be fine, yes, but it is much more likely that you will develop problem areas. The elevated calcium and alkalinity levels in a marine aquarium cause the aragonite based sand layers to react differently with their environment than they do in a freshwater system. I suggest you add more sand to reach a full 4'' depth.
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:30 PM   #12
 
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I would not take this chance on a marine system. You could be fine, yes, but it is much more likely that you will develop problem areas. The elevated calcium and alkalinity levels in a marine aquarium cause the aragonite based sand layers to react differently with their environment than they do in a freshwater system. I suggest you add more sand to reach a full 4'' depth.

i actually believe they are talking about freshwater as they mention flourite, kuhli (loaches?) and MTS (trumpet snails?) and if this is the case we are reffering to saltwater.
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:54 AM   #13
 
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I would not take this chance on a marine system. You could be fine, yes, but it is much more likely that you will develop problem areas. The elevated calcium and alkalinity levels in a marine aquarium cause the aragonite based sand layers to react differently with their environment than they do in a freshwater system. I suggest you add more sand to reach a full 4'' depth.
I got a freshwater tank, and use playsand


marine sand from caribsea is inert, it doesnt buffer at all. it cant/wont do anything to the water at all. Ive tested it, had an LFS test it, the sand is 100% inert.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:33 AM   #14
 
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I got a freshwater tank, and use playsand


marine sand from caribsea is inert, it doesnt buffer at all. it cant/wont do anything to the water at all. Ive tested it, had an LFS test it, the sand is 100% inert.
1) The aquarium up for discussion on this thread is a marine aquarium.
2) This discussion has nothing to do with the type of sand. It is a discussion of the depth of the sand.
3) Marine systems rarely rely on the substrate to provide the buffering. A testing routine and dosing of supplements should be utilized to provide for correct pH, alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium levels. So long as the substrate is not working against us, we are fine.
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