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  1. Rockthis11

    Rockthis11 Wonderpus Registered

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    What kind of aquarium subsrate do bimacs need? Does it need to be fine sand about 1 inch? And do they need a heater or a chiller?
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Rockthis,

    The Equipment List suggests fine sand to the depth of 1 inch - that's a good recommendation for a bimac.

    It's best to bring the temperature down to at least the lower seventies. You usually don't need a heater with a bimac, but may have to cool down the tank in the summer, with a fan or chiller or other method.

    Some of this will depend on where you live, how much you air condition your home, and so forth.

    Nancy
     
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    Another question

    HI!! First time poster, long time lurker, short time member.

    I was wondering (for a bimac).. live sand or not? Does it depend on whether or not there is live rock? My guess is live sand wouldn't do enough and you would need live rock anyways - or is this overdoing it?

    I'm basically trying to figure out filtration, I guess...

    thanks! :roll:
     
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    Hi Cortum,

    Welcome to TONMO.com.

    Most people are using live rock, both for filtration and to provide lots of hiding places for their octopuses. A third thing in its favor is that live rock looks so good.

    If you have live rock, is isn't necessary to buy live sand (although I did that for my smaller aquarium because I got better looking sand that way).

    Nancy
     
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    Hi and :welcome: to TONMO.com Cortum!

    It really isnt necessary to get live sand as a sufficient amount of live rock will do the job. However, you can use it to decorate your tank like nancy.
     
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    thanks!

    thanks for the input! :)
     
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    Rockthis11-

    Love your choice of Avatar!!! :wink:

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    thanks alot :mrgreen:
     
  9. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I dont think that a live sand bed would keep up with the waste from an octopus unless it was a huge tank to begin with... and a bimac doesnt seem to dig so much so I just have a very fine scattering of sand and that's the easiest to keep clean and makes sure no waste gets missed
     
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    A couple more observations about sand and my bimac:

    Ollie often looks for fiddler crabs buried in the sand, so there is a remendous blowing of sand and shifting its position. Because of this, there is sand on all my live rock, and I just get it cleaned off when he Ollie goes at it again.

    And, something I didn't expect - there are a couple of places in the tank where Ollie likes to stay, and there he's gotten rid of most or all of the sand on the bottom. He's a very tidy housekeeper, too :)

    Nancy
     
  11. Cortum

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    wow!

    You guys are great at responding! Now I'm working on designing a sump.

    If I had a 30-40 gallon tank with a 10 (or 20)g sump, would an AquaC Urchin be enough as an in-sump protein skimmer???
     
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    Oh yeah....

    With a Maxi-jet 1200 pump.

    And one more question. I'll need another pump to get the water back up the aquarium, right? What would be a good recommendation?

    thanks again!
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    If you follow the links in Colin's Equipment List, you'll find lists of the various types of pumps and other equipment you're looking for, complete with descriptions and recommendations.

    It's not a bad idea to visit your LFS with your specific list - they usually have a good idea about which pump fits which size tank, etc.

    A note about tank size: A bimac will be happier in a 40 or 50 gallon tank - they grow pretty large and are very active.

    Nancy
     
  14. Cortum

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    Ok, you convinced to me go 40-50 gallons... sheesh! :wink:

    I saw some great ones at good prices at a few stores - and after I move to my new place (sept. 1st) I will start figuring out exactly what I want. I have an idea already, but I need to see space requirements, etc.
     
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    if you're going to do that........ you might as well get a 200gal set up! :wink: its not that much bigger and think of the scope for aquascaping!!!!! :shock: hehehe
     

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