Sand or no sand

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I’m shortly to be setting up my Reefer 170 and was wondering what recommendations experienced people would make regarding substrate?

I understand sand would make my reef look more authentic but I also understand sand is a main contributor to housing, and spreading disease I.e. housing parasites such as Ick.

Any thoughts or guidance would be welcome.


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Reply #1

Ich and other parasites don't need sand. They're breed on any surface. People quarantine without sand so it's easy to clean the surfaces, so that's probably where this theory has come from.

Bare bottom tanks are more common with SPS keepers, as they can crank up the flow, without sand blowing about.  Personally, I have a deep sand bed, which requires special care, but I love the critters and life, and all that comes with having sand.
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