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To plenum or not to plenum???

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Beeba

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Any thoughts on this issue from the experienced reefer? It sounds like an interesting concept but is it really useful or necessary?
 

Katchupoy

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So that means you want sand on your tank....

Here is another interesting question....

TO SAND OR NOT TO SAND?....
 

Beeba

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I guess that hadn't crossed my mind. It seems everything I read says to start with the sand. What are the benefits of "not to sand?"
 

Katchupoy

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Hi Beeba,

Its like this, its not just sand... its between DSB, Sand with Plenum and Barebottom...

DSB - Deep Sand Bed... at least 4 or more inches of sand. Very fine sand. Not the crushed coral type. You also need a lot of sand critters. A lot of people jump to this approach several years ago and a lot of people swear the its working like a charm... And a lot of people also said that it is not working...

This is a highly debated subject and very sensitive too... so read read and read.... here is the link http://www.thepsas.org/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=37


PLENUM SYSTEM.... its like DSB but you have a space below the sand to facilitate bacterial colonization to help filter your water biologically. I cannot elaborate more because i dont have experience on this

maybe you can read some more on this here... www.garf.org

BAREBOTTOM ... its being used for a very very long time.... very popular in Europe. You just remove these detritus via siphon every time you do water change. You can also do research on "BERLIN SYSTEM"

A lot of people came from Berlin then switched to DSB and went back to Berlin.... I for one is one of them.... why? I cannot elaborate on that except that its more simple for me to maintain....

and the other approach is a mix... a barebottom system with half inch or and inch of sand. Why? because of aesthetics.... they don want the look of a barebottom.
 

Katchupoy

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BAREBOTTOM

another link....

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=210605&highlight=berlin+system

Also watch for 64ivy... http://www.moyesreef.com/
 
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