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Old 08-29-2006, 06:47 PM   #1
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poisonous gas?

I recently switched my substrate to sand. I’ve heard of poisonous gasses that build up in the sand and today I sort of stirred up the sand a little and there was some bubbles that came to the surface. Could someone please explain to me if that was the gas I’ve heard of, how often to stir it up, or just what I might need to know and do about the poisonous gas?
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1. Check your water parameters.
How much of it did you stir?
It is possible that you may have released some of the foul air into your tank. Keep an eye out for ammonia (I think, correct me if I am wrong).
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not really a lot- just fine bubbles- should I routinely stir it?
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The gas that forms is a hydrogen sulfide gas. It builds up in anoxic/anaerobic environments. Look for black areas in your sand. Your bubbles could have just been air bubbles and nothing to worry about. Stirring sand will help prevent it, as well as not placing rock on sand, which packs it down and limits oxygen flow in the sand.
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OMG those are deadly bubbles, remove all your sand







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DT is right. I don't stir mine. I wonder if I should start...Any advice on that?
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I have never stirred mine. IMO I dont think you should. If you do anything I would get one of those PWC cleaners ( I forget the proper name) and lightly clean with those as the bad water will go out the tank. If you just stir then that water stays in the tank and causes problems.
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Quote:
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Something like the python siphon. It just has a large tube that allows the water and gunk to get sucked out.
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