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Old 08-14-2012, 10:41 PM   #1
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Old Live Sand Question.

So I have 40 pounds of what used to be live Carib Sea Aragonite sand. I took down my tank 8 months ago cause I did it all wrong. So the sand has been in a bucket just sitting. I know its dead now, but is it still usable? Should I soak it in boiling water to sterilize it or would a good rinse do the trick. I was thinking just ditch that sand and go for all "Reef Flakes" I hear its pretty good and won't get stirred up alot.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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You can use it if you choose. Half the time IMO the live sand sold at LFS may have been live at one point but think about how long it's been sitting on the shelves. Some don't even waste there money on live sand. I say save your money and use it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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OK thanks. Ill soak it over night in boiling hot water just to kill anything in there and then rinse it well...
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #4
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I'd reuse it. I'd give it a good rinsing first though to get as much dead organics and detrius out as possible. save the money.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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never had fish in it. I was totally unprepared when starting that tank so just took it down till i was better prepared..
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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Cheers to making the right decision. The die off may actually fuel the cycle. Use it.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:09 AM   #7
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Best thing u could do. Not a hobby to rush into as anyone who had done it will tell you. That sand will become live again. Just seed it with some live rock, rubble, or sand. What kind of tank is it gonna be? Reef? FOWLR?
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:34 AM   #8
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Best thing u could do. Not a hobby to rush into as anyone who had done it will tell you. That sand will become live again. Just seed it with some live rock, rubble, or sand. What kind of tank is it gonna be? Reef? FOWLR?
Eventually a reef. I LOVE the look of Xenia Coral!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:50 AM   #9
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Eventually a reef. I LOVE the look of Xenia Coral!!
Rinse reuse seed it with a cup of livesand from a friend or local lfs will probably help you out
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:17 AM   #10
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Nice. Try to get your rock work the way you want it! I must have moved mine around a million times.LOL think of how u want your corals on there.
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