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Old 04-15-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Sand reuse on new setups?

I been told not to use sand that I have already used on a new set up. Seems like such a waste of money if I throw it a way because I have at least 130 pounds of sand. Question is have anyone reuses the sand or always buy new. Like to hear your guys opinions on the matter
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how old is the sand, is it wet or dry, where was it kept.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #3
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I had it sitting on my garage for at least six months and it still a little moist.
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:31 PM   #4
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I wouldn't suggest it, but if you decide to go this route I would rinse your sand heavily and several times before putting it into the tank to try to get all the gunk that'll nuke the tank out of there.
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As Sniper suggested I would rinse it really well before putting it in the tank
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:33 PM   #6
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This kinda sounds a good idea for seeding, or would it fall under the category of sand stirring and not good for the tank it's coming out of?
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:10 PM   #7
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If you dont rinse it you can use it to cycle the tank But i'd rinse the daylights out of it Put it some 5 gal pails run water and mix till the water runs clear
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I would not use it. There most likely is alot of waste in that sand. New sand is not expensive and would have a better chance. JME
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:35 PM   #9
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Where I live 40 pound bag is 55 dollars and I haves 150 gallon tank I have to fill so it can get very expensive I would say
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Rinse it thoroughly. I've used old sand plenty of times, but I rinsed it until clear water came out of it when it was stirred. After all, it all was used initially!
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