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Fuge sand depth ???

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    Heidi - Reefkeeper
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    Question Fuge sand depth ???

    So I am reading a lot about fuges and it seems that they have a pretty deep sand bed most of the time. What is the point of that? Can I have a shallow sand bend and still get the filtration (biological) that I need from my fuge? Right now the fuge has about 10 pounds of cured live rock from my hex and about an inch of sand also from the hex. I have a quickly growing ball of cheato, and the rocks I picked were the macro covered ones. SO do I need more sand?
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    bigbill - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    i have a 2 inch mud bed and have heard u dont want much more then that
    I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.
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    jolson10450 - Reefkeeper
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    deep sand beds create extra nitrate exportation but if the sand bed is too deep it will not work and if it is too shallow it will not work, personally i use about 1" of sand only in the bottom and just load the whole sump up with liverock and rock rubble. the chaeto grows like crazy for me. i put the rock rubble in chamber 1 which is where the skimmer and heater is and in chamber 2 where the refugium is, in chamber 3 where my return is i dont put anything because i dont want it to get sucked up and break the pump or slow the pump down.

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