By Rome, March 12, in General Discussion. I've been siphoning out my Red Sea Max substrate about 10 percent for the last few water changes until I get it all out to finally go BB. I'm thinking about getting a couple of big containers to hold my tank water in when I'm close to siphoning it all out, so I can vacuum all the gunk out of the bottom of the tank and do a nice cleaning.
While visiting Europe last Fall, I thought that most of the tanks I viewed looked for all intents and purposes like our tanks, I really did not notice many major differences overall or at least nothing that struck me as significantly different. The corals were big, colorful and very healthy in each of the tanks I saw, and aesthetically the tanks were all quite beautiful. To be honest the biggest difference I noticed was that most of their corals were big colonies and very rarely did I see small frags being grown out in any of the display tanks.
I bet this topic pops up a lot, but I was thinking about doing my next tank as a bare bottom tank as it seems easier to maintain and keep clean. I was just wondering what the pros and the cons are and also what I could potentially stock in the tank as it is a 29 biocube and a lot of smaller fish need the sand like gobies and such. I have done bare bottom in the past and decided to go back to sand because for me, keeping it clean was more work.
The tank is now being run bare-bottom with only the LR and skimmer being used for filtration. I have decided to go this route because with 4 eductors going the sand would by always on the move. I had 2 large rock slides due to undermining before removing the DSB.
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Deborah is a fish hobbyist and is fascinated by small ecosystems. She enjoys caring for aquatic life, including goldfish. The most common method of tank care for an aquarist is to keep substrate in the aquarium.