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alazo1
01/15/2019, 10:14 PM
Years ago you would see a fair amount of threads that blamed tank crashes on old tank syndrome. I rarely see anything on this these days. If I remember it had something to do with sand beds not having enough life so after years it would release toxins in the water. Or maybe it was just an excuse when our systems would crash :eek2:

Twinfallz
01/15/2019, 10:27 PM
Years ago you would see a fair amount of threads that blamed tank crashes on old tank syndrome. I rarely see anything on this these days. If I remember it had something to do with sand beds not having enough life so after years it would release toxins in the water. Or maybe it was just an excuse when our systems would crash :eek2:

Perhaps because not many people run deeeeeep sandbeds any more, & many run bare bottoms.

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alazo1
01/15/2019, 10:43 PM
I was thinking about that too. I tried a sand bed a few times in the past but always seemed to have algae problems.

Twinfallz
01/15/2019, 10:53 PM
I was thinking about that too. I tried a sand bed a few times in the past but always seemed to have algae problems.

yeh, cyano is a common problem on top of a bed, especially in younger tanks

bertoni
01/15/2019, 11:23 PM
I ran a DSB for about 10 years and never had any significant problems, but I was very careful to keep the fish load down.

mcgyvr
01/16/2019, 04:45 AM
Its still a term thrown around when applicable..
I think people may be more aware of it now and are taking matters into their own hands before just posting on the internet about it..

Uncle99
01/17/2019, 06:37 PM
I ran a DSB for about 10 years and never had any significant problems, but I was very careful to keep the fish load down.

Exactly the same here, still running today.

laverda
01/22/2019, 10:48 AM
I ran a deep sand bed in my old tank for 18 years. I also have one in my current tank of 3 years. I have always had a heavy fish load.