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Old 03-24-2015, 12:25 PM   #11
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That's really good advice thank you. I think I'll look on YouTube for an instructional video to help


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Old 03-24-2015, 04:20 PM   #12
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I would check your nitrates before ditching the old sand bed. If your water parameters are fine I would use the current sand bed (you can stir it up in a bucket of your existing tank water and pour out any dark stuff) and current live rock to help reduce cycling time on the new tank. The reason the heater in the sump works for the whole system is that the water is continuously cycled thru it and the display tank. It adds water volume to your entire system and declutters the main tank from equipment you can now hide in the sump - not to mention it keeps the water level in the display tank at a constant level.


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I've never once heard of anyone who hasn't regretted using old sand. I'd suggest avoiding doing so.
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I over ordered on sand so still have a whole bag sat around. Can I transfer everything over the same day? The new tank is going in the same alcove as the old tank


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Sure. Get some buckets to drain the old tank water into. Pull out the rocks, fish, into them so you can move the tank. Give the rocks a shake to get any excess gunk off from around the bottoms where the sand was and put them into the new tank. Add new sand, you can do so with a piece of PVC pipe to avoid a sand storm. Add fish.
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There's a top tip, sand thru a pipe!


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Old 03-24-2015, 08:30 PM   #17
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Sniperhawk, now you know at least one person who did so and didn't regret it. I did exactly as I suggested moving the contents of a 150g tank to a 220g tank. No ill effects. If you have a well-maintained tank, I don't see it is any different from those who buy so-called "live" sand for starting up their tanks.


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I'm not calling for live sand, just saying new sand. If it's working for you that is great to hear. Though I still wouldn't recommend it or the extra work.
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I'm not calling for live sand, just saying new sand. If it's working for you that is great to hear. Though I still wouldn't recommend it or the extra work.

I would agree. Everyone I have dealt with recommends new sand. Seems like one of the least expensive things in the hobby that could cause the biggest heartache. I would have to say one person's luck wouldn't be convincing enough to risk it.


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I got a bag of mixed sand that looked white but had loads of black bits in it so I'll be keen to get rid of it. I currently run an external filter with foam, GFO, carbon and some ceramic media. I'll be ditching this for the sump, but is it worth keeping some of the foams/media as it holds BB?


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