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Old 09-26-2013, 10:12 AM   #11
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I did this three times very easy just like doing a wc but your adding and not taking out any. Use all the old stuff if the sands a concern rinse it in some tank water. I used all my old sand and new no sweat. Did it in about 5 hours the rock work is the worst added about 75lbs of dry rock.do check for leaks in the new tank.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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I did this three times very easy just like doing a wc but your adding and not taking out any. Use all the old stuff if the sands a concern rinse it in some tank water. I used all my old sand and new no sweat. Did it in about 5 hours the rock work is the worst added about 75lbs of dry rock.do check for leaks in the new tank.
ive thought about rinsing the sand and just adding it to the new tank, but i still need to add 20lbs of sand, so im still torn there, tonight ill be filling the tank and leaving it overnight and all day until tomorrow afternoon when i start my move, im so stoked though!
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:32 AM   #13
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So many ways of doing this just gotta find what works best for you. It was never worth my time or effort dealing with dirty old sand. Lol. So I just bought new. But like others say it is just fine to keep old sand and keep $ in your pocket
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:42 AM   #14
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For me it was the age of the sand less than six months. My wife is addicted she's like 36to 46 bowfront to 92 corner in less than a year. Me I'm still at 75 but looking for 180. It's like start big or upgrade!!!! Learn as you go!!!!!
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:09 PM   #15
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So many ways of doing this just gotta find what works best for you. It was never worth my time or effort dealing with dirty old sand. Lol. So I just bought new. But like others say it is just fine to keep old sand and keep $ in your pocket
well if i can keep $50-$75 in my pocket i will lol can i rinse with freshwater like from a garden hose..?
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:17 PM   #16
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well if i can keep $50-$75 in my pocket i will lol can i rinse with freshwater like from a garden hose..?
I'm sure you could if you are in no hurry. By that I mean the bacteria in your sand will almost certainly die so you will be relying on BB from live rock and filtration. You would probably need to make sure your parameters are spot on which means you might have to wait a little. I bought new live sand because I didn't have enough equipment to run two tanks at the same time so everything had to get done sooner than later.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:11 PM   #17
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I was told by a few people in the reef club I'm in that washing sand in regular water won't hurt anything. Just may cause some algae issues at first
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I was told by a few people in the reef club I'm in that washing sand in regular water won't hurt anything. Just may cause some algae issues at first
Hmm...interesting.
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Just what I've been told. Haven't tried it myself but i trust the source
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:16 PM   #20
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well, i need all the saltwater from my old tank for the new one, so can i wash it in new saltwater rather i old..? i really rather not risk it with freshwater to be honest either, and i am in a hurry to do this swap i have the weekend, and thats it to get it right.
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