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Old 03-13-2007, 04:45 PM   #1
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What to do about opened bag of Live Sand

I have a bag of opened live sand which has been this way for about two weeks now. It has completly dried out and has no "life" left to it im assuming. Anyway, what should I do to the sand before I add it to the aquarium. I was thinking about rinsing it in either fresh water or salt water and then straining it. Is this safe, or do any of you guys have a better recommendation on what to do about adding the sand. Also, how much should I add, I only want to add a thin layer to get the "white" back since ive got some cyano brewing right now. TIA.........
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I`m thinking that I would wash it out before I added to my tank. Whatever was live in there probably has died off.
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Old 03-13-2007, 05:34 PM   #3
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Do you think it would be ok to wash it off in freshwater and then strain it out?
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If the assumption is that the "life" in the sand is dead, then I don't see why you couldn't rinse it off in FW like you would normal sand.
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Old 03-13-2007, 06:01 PM   #5
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Thanks, ill probably put it in a pot, mix it around, and then strain all the "white" water out. Is this suitable?
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I would discard it and use new sand. Nutrients tend to accumulate in sand beds as it is, after allowing it to dry out and die, its going to be full of nasty stuff. Those nutrients are going to leach back into the water. That will just cause more algae issues.
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Have you tested PO4 and NO3?
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I have cyano in the tank right now, I was just gonna psyphon it out and then add the new rinsed sand on top of it (thin layer). Yes, nitrates have been floating above 20 for the past two weeks. Last week did a 25% water change and have another do tonight. I was going to replace the sand during the water change. No phosphates.
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If you have cyano, you have some nutrient issues, at least the NO3 mentioned. Adding the "dead" sand is more than likely going to increase to the amount of DOC's already in the tank. That will increase nuisance algae outbreaks. If you want to add sand to the tank, using clean, new sand would be the best choice.
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you know what, im just trying to rush things here and your probably right. Im gonna just add new sand on the next water change, thanks for the input.
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I agree, you should address the cyano problem. Covering it up won't solve the problem. Syphon and PWCs will help, as well as reducing feeding and lighting.
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