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Old 11-20-2005, 07:10 PM   #1
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How long for sand to become "live" in a refugium?

I just setup a refugium for my 90 gal with extra aragonite sand that I plan to use to establish a 10 gal for a mantis. How long should I expect it to take for the sand to become "live"? FYI... I already have LR that has been in my sump for a year that will also be used in the 10 gal.

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Shouldnt take about 2 weeks to have the bacteria growing on it. You might want to throw a peice of LR from the display in there to speed things along even faster.
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