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Old 01-05-2013, 06:25 PM   #11
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Thank you everyone is alive and accounted for except my emerald crab. I assume he is hiding somewhere. I only ever see him once I'm convinced he's dead.
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I would be afraid of a nutrient spike, stirring up the cc bed like that. I would use a vacuum and vacuum out a little bit at a time with each water change till it's all gone, then replace with thoroughly rinsed sand.
This is how I did mine also. It works.
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Looks good! I like the black sand look!
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Emerald crab found! All is well so far
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Emerald crab found! All is well so far
Hey I'm thinking about changing mine from cc to live white sand. Do you think u can give me some pointers on how u did it?

I was thinking of just vacuuming up the crushed coral a little at a time over 2 weeks w/ each water change and then when it is bare shutting everything down and taking out the live rock but leaving in the fish and then slowly adding the sand not to stir it up too much. Do u rinse the new sand off with tap water or just place it?

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You don't even have to take the rock out. You want the rock to sit on the glass anyway, not on sand. Use thoroughly rinsed dry aragonite based sand. It will become live eventually on it's own.
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You don't even have to take the rock out. You want the rock to sit on the glass anyway, not on sand. Use thoroughly rinsed dry aragonite based sand. It will become live eventually on it's own.
Ok awesome and should I do it over like 2 water changes or vacuum it out all in one shot? Thanks
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Ok awesome and should I do it over like 2 water changes or vacuum it out all in one shot? Thanks
I've heard it suggested both ways. Personally I took it all out at once. I also took my rock out too but that's because I have coral and nems stuck on mine so you could probably just leave yours in. I mean in theory the creatures are used ti sand and all kinds of stuff in the water column. Be prepared for anything though. I syphoned out most of the water into a big container then put my rock and critters in that with the light. Then scooped out the remaining water and my old substrate into a waste container. I gave the tank a good rinse and wipe down. Then I put in my new stuff. I used caribsea arag alive hawaiian black. It comes wet so I didn't rinse it. Then put in some new water and gave the could a while to settle. I put my equipment in, then corals and rock, then fish/other mobile critters. The only thing that put up a fuss was my frogspawn. After a few hours she was back to normal. So far everything is looking better than ever and the whole process took a couple hours. Just have everything you need ready like salt water and a temporary container for the critters. Have a plan in your head and its smooth sailing. So worth it to get that CC out and get something beautiful and functional.
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Also if you get dry sand make sure you rinse it with RO water not just tap water.
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