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Old 04-12-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Rinse live sand? is that a good idea?

I just purchased a second hand tank and it came with sand. Should I rinse out the sand before I replace it back into the aquarium or just clean the tank and put back the sand without cleaning it? Would it be considered live if its just been sitting there?
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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I'm in the same boat as you. I have been given a tank that has been dry for almost a year. The rock and sand is dried out. Is it still useable?
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If the sand has been laying around for a year I would rinse it because it is no longer live sand so it shouldn't matter
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Would a year necessarily have to be the cut off point? Lets say that the tank has been sitting for less than a month?
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If the sand remained wet its probably ok then I don't think I would rinse it if it was dry for a month then I would
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Was the tank covered if not I'd rinse it . It with become live again anyway one you tank is established
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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Looks like rinsing it is, Thank you guys. No the hood was off when I went to buy it.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #8
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Even if it's wet (still live bacteria in it) I would rinse it first.
Briefly rinsing the sand in freshwater will NOT kill off all the beneficial bacteria (unless the water is heavily chlorinated.)

But the sand is likely FULL of microscopic dead matter and nutrients that would be better gotten rid of. This will help to reduce many of the initial algae blooms that every new tank goes through. (It won't eliminate them, but will help to reduce their duration.)
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