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Old 02-22-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Storing sand

Well, i won't be starting my nano for about another 2 weeks, but i really just want to clean my dry aragonite right now so i dont have to do it later, and i can just let it dry out so i can use it like dry sand by the time im setting up my tank.

Can i keep the dry aragonite stored in a bucket after its cleaned until i need to use it? Without having to clean it again? Also, will storing pre-rinsed sand ruin the sand as far as its chemical compounds go?
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:40 PM   #2
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I see no problem keeping it dry, but I'd wonder if it is possible to get it dry once rinsed. Having damp sand sit for two weeks doesn't give me a warm and fuzzy at all. I can only think of it still as stagnant water. I'd just wait to rinse it when you're about to use it. That's if you can wait - -I know, it gets exciting at this stage.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:44 PM   #3
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Hmm, i see what you mean. I agree with your thought, so im glad i didnt rinse any just yet. Btw, do you think a 30lb bag is sufficient for a 10G? I plan on only having a 1-2" deep sandbed. Nothing fancy. Just for show basically
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:52 PM   #4
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Try this sand bed calculator form that "other" site. Gonna need your tank dimensions and plug'm in.

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Nice. Thanks for that calc. I only want a max of 2" and for 2" i need 21lbs of sand. I have 30, so i think im set. I guess ill just keep it in the bag until its time to use it. I just hate having to scape with wet sand. Its annoying.
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Your scaping will be most likely done better with water, rocks, and sand in the tank anyway. So it will be wet sand.
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I hate scaping with water in there lol. I like setting everything up, then putting in the rocks. But i guess i can try something different since the rocks i got are now base, and completely cleaned. I went ballistic today and straight up cleaned ALL 80lbs of my rock that i had stored in a big container in my basement. I'm not going to be using all 80lbs for a 10G of course.. but i'm selling the rest for a little extra cash. I selected the best pieces(and smallest) to go in the 10G and all the rocks are lookin sweet!
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Depends on the rock you're using I guess. Either I was keeping live rock live or changing something around anyway....underwater.
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