Refugium- live sand and rock, or refugium mineral mudd and rock??

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    crazy cajun

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    im building my refugium and i have seen people use mineral mudd and most i see sand in the bottom whats prefered and why???
    Kevin
     
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    If I'm not mistaken.The mud is supposed to help by releasing trace elements and minerals over time.

    With a deep enough sand bed ( 6"+ ) there will be a bacteria that builds up in the more oxygen poor areas of the sand that will convert nitrates into harmless nitrogen gas that will escape into the air above the tank.
     
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    if i use the sand bed with the live rock should i use the live sand or just use the dry stuff???
     
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    You can use dry sand , the live rock you put in with it will seed the sand and make it live
     
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