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Old 12/30/2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Are sandbeds supposed to stay nice and level??

I don't have any livestock in my tank yet, but I am having a hard time keeping the sandbed nice and level... There are drifts in a few spots and lots of lows and highs.... Is that normal? Do I have too much flow? Bad flow directions?? Or when I get livestock will they take care of it??


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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my tank is like that to seems fine thoguh


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:03 PM   #3
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i dont think ive seen a "nice level" sand bottom maybe in a bare bottom tank. its normal


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:04 PM   #4
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i wouldn't worry too much about it.


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:05 PM   #5
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Do you try and "shovel" it level or just leave it?


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:05 PM   #6
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the drifts are the result of your flow. it's only to much if you do not like it. otherwise, move your powerheads around to eliminate the drifting.


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:06 PM   #7
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i dont think the sand level have to be leveled, its really how u like it

mine use to be level and now its not because of the flow

if the flow is blowing the sand 2 much one way to fix it is putting a piece of rock rubble where the flow is affecting the sand, so the flow hits the rock rather the sand, minimizing the sand movement

i dont think u can have too much flow. can u? lol


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:06 PM   #8
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If the sand is getting blown into the water column I would adjust the powerheads, otherwise no. If you get a goby you can kiss an even sand bed goodbye anyway.


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:12 PM   #9
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I did adjust the powerheads, and i put rock rubble in the corners and in the "bad" spots. I am not worried too much about it, just wanted to know what yours were like.


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Old 12/30/2007, 09:15 PM   #10
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dont worry about it , its not an issue


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Old 12/30/2007, 11:10 PM   #11
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My sandbeds have never been level. In the 30g my maroon clown pair is forever excavating (they spend the majority of their day carrying sand from place to place), and in the 90g the pistol shrimp and goby, clown and two damsels all move sand around in varying degrees. I've never considered it an issue, and I think a perfectly level sandbed would be a little unnatural looking anyway!


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