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Old 12-29-2014, 07:46 PM   #1
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Changeover??

I started with crushed coral for the bottom of my 55 gallon saltwater reef tank. I would like to switch it over to Live sand before my tank grows any more populated.
I currently have 40lbs of live rock, 8 snails, 1 emerald crab, 1 shrimp and 2 clown fish.
Would it be safe to remove all critters, the live rock and crushed coral and put them in a separate tank temporarily. Then replacing the crushed coral with the live sand?
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Sure, I'd use a ton of 5 gallon buckets to do such a change over but put the rocks back in before the sand.
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okay! Why do I need to put the rocks in before the sand? For a specific length of time before?
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Old 12-29-2014, 09:47 PM   #4
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So the rock work is more stable, and if anything digs it won't topple


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Why live sand? Just curious.


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I think it looks a little bit better. But mainly because everyone I talk to suggest that in the future the CC will make it difficult to maintain healthy levels. LS requires much less maintenance. So I figure do it now before I have many fish in there.
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I have the same crushed coral in my reef for the past 22 years. The reef is and has been rock solid for a very long time. Each to their own but I prefer crushed aragonite.


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Interesting......and how often do you have to vacuum? Id love to leave it be and start adding some more fish now!

I was planning on swapping to this: Bio Activ Live Aragonite - Live Sand - Nature's Ocean¬ģ
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Changeover??

That's aragonite, and it's still calcium based, not silica if I am not mistaken. Same stuff I use. As far as live sand, I think it could start a die off from shipping that could cause a ammonia spike in your tank. With a new tank you let the filtration cycle adjust from the bio load in the sand and it sorts it's self out. Not sure I would recommend this in a existing reef. Their ad even mentions this is for a new cycle and to let it run for a month before loading up fish.


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How old is the tank and how deep the sand bed? If you are planning on removing this, I would have a large water change ready just in case. As for the "live sand" I wonder what kind of shelf life that stuff has, as there is no expiration date on it. Any sand you put in there will become live in a short time. Your CC is live now, if it's been in there during the tank cycle. How large are the grains of cc?
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