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Old 07-27-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Removing sand from an established reef

I have a thirty gallon reef that's been up for about 3/4 of a year now and I'm wondering if I can remove the sand to make it a bare bottom. I have a 20 gallon sump if I need to keep the sand for some reason. Is it possible? Im tired of having sand.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Maybe suck some out with each water change for the next couple of months till its all gone? Getting it all out at once could be a big mess but bit by bit seems doable?
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I forget, were you eggcrate or rockwork on the bottom? If the rock is on the bottom, it'll be simple enough to just slowly work on scooping the sand out. I have an all purpose glass measuring cup I use for just about everything. Something like that would do the trick until there wasn't much left. Then simply using airline tubing to suck it out during water changes until it was all gone. A cheap plastic turkey baster would also help.

Why are you removing it though? I've had similar thoughts at times, but I'm just going to end up having a different tank that is barebottom in the future.
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Yeah it's on the glass. Im just wondering if it will hurt my tank biologically. Im guess taking it away bit by bit would be the smartest thing to do, but I want to make sure. I'm removing it for easier maintenance and I like the look.
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Well, what I would do since you have to remove slowly would be then maybe add it to your fuge? I have no recollection as to what your fuge setup is like, but having the bacteria that lives in the sand still in the system would be beneficial IMO, even if it isn't DSB.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:28 PM   #6
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Yeah your right, I just started. I've put about two cups in my fuge, 3cups out of the display total. I've put the nassarius snails down there. It's very cloudy so I've added filter floss but it's not working very well.. I sure hope it works. It's going to be a much harder job than I expected, the smaller grains are staying at the bottom. Im guessing I'll have to use a turkey vaster for that part. I'll move two cups a day I'm thinking, one for the fuge, one for the garbage.
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Sounds like a sound plan man. But why removing the sand?
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:20 PM   #8
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2 cups a day may be a bit to much being released into your tank I Think 2-4 cups before every water change would be better/safer (especially on that enchinata ..)
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Alright, that's sounds great. Water changes will help clear up the water too. The echinata is doing just fine im moving to darker areas so I can get the most color out of it for you atm.
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Ok sounds good lol I was actually gonna send you a PM. Do you need any chaeto cause I'm bout to trim and will probably have like a half lb that I'm just gonna throw away. Probably have about 3 lbs in my fuge lol
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