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Old 02-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Adding more live sand to tank.

If I add sand to my already established tank to get a deeper sand bed, will it cause any problems with nitrates and nitrites, or possible cause a new cycle? Should a put the sand in another tank with a filter and power head for a few days first?
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If like to do the same thing with mine hope we get an answer
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #3
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Nitrates could become a problem in the long run. You should be cleaning it and skmewhat mixing it up to keep those under control. As far as the cycles or bacteria adding new isn't going to hurt a thing
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #4
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Great question. I was wondering the same thing.
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #5
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I added a bag of sand 3 months ago. The one i used is i think caribsea with a seawater + bacteria on it, what i did is open the tightly sealed bag and scooping the sand and sea water with a good size cup and gently putting it inside my tank. I only use it because i want to add it right away and want more bacteria in my tank ill go there later and take a picture a little expensive though so i only add one bag
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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You may have some die off by covering up the already present aerobic bacteria. Because if that I would add the sand in sections a few days to a week apart. Left front , right front, centre etc. adding a thin layer at a time might work as well. Just do it slowly over time.
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Cool so it can be done planning to put sugar sized sand on top of my 40lbs special grade Rees sand n my 55 gal tank
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This is what i added before
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Thanks for all the replies. Should I add the same stuff I already have or does it matter?
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Thanks for all the replies. Should I add the same stuff I already have or does it matter?
You can add your stuff you dont want to waste what you already have, just rinse it good as lngy said just do it slowly
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