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Old 12-04-2014, 01:00 PM   #1
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Need help with new tank

Hi everyone i recently got a 500litre display tank. I need serious help.

So I got a load of sand from the person selling the tank. I cleaned the tank and was adding the sand today. It stank!!! To the point I was having nearly throwing up. I wanted to know what to do?

It was obviously live sand but now everything a live in there is now dead. I think that's why it stinks. Could I use this sand? I thought if I filled the tank with water then I could Syphon out a lot of dirt?

I was really wanting to use this sand is there any way I can do so? Or is it just a bad idea and I should get some live sand?

Please help would like to complete tank today as have some free time.


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Old 12-04-2014, 01:08 PM   #2
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:10 PM   #3
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I would take it back out and keep rinsing it until the water runs clean And it doesn't smell foul


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Old 12-04-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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Thanks would it be ok to rinse it with tap water?


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Old 12-06-2014, 02:45 AM   #5
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I wouldn't rinse with tap water... How long was the sand sitting? What did they previously have in the tank?
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:13 AM   #6
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rinse it with rodi if you can
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Old 12-06-2014, 03:16 AM   #7
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I would just get new sand, it's pretty much the cheapest part of setting up a new tank so why risk adding trapped/excess nutrients from the start. Jmo though


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Old 12-06-2014, 04:05 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone.

It's been sitting for about 2 weeks and it was a mixed reef tank before.


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That sand needs a lot of rinsing with tap water if you really want to use it. Getting new sand will also require same amount of time rinsing. You are smelling ammonia due to die off. You need that ammonia anyway when cycling.
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:47 PM   #10
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Ok so I rinsed all the sand for 2 hours until water would come through crystal clear. But I left about 5 handfuls barely washed for cycling. I will also add a shrimp to rot for start of the cycling process. Does that sound ok?


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