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Old 06-09-2009, 09:18 PM   #61
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Don't drink DI water exclusively, it will upset your electrolyte balance.
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:02 AM   #62
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DON'T WASH TEH SAND!!

If you wash the sand, you'll kill any bacteria that remained alive through the storage and shipping process. The only way I'd wash sand is with water from an established tank which probably isn't available to you!! I didn't buy live sand, just plain 'ol aragonite, and I didn't even wash that. Doesn't seem to have caused me any problems!!
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How about washing with RO water or DI water? This stuff makes water look like milk! I took a spoonful and dumped it into a glass of water and SHEESH! I cant wait weeks for that to settle. If DI water will still kill the bacteria, how about saving a cup of the sand and washing the rest? (With DI water).

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Old 06-10-2009, 02:09 AM   #63
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If the tank is full of saltwater, then dump all the sand in. It will clear up in a few days. Washing could kill the bacteria.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:06 PM   #64
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My tank is still empty. (Just got it today). I think I will wash the sand with some DI water. I will save a cup or two from washing to add in the tank. Im am ready to get this started already and just am not willing to have a milky water tank whenever something gets stirred up. :-(
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You won't have milky water everytime you stir the tank up. If you're that impatient this early, things are going to be tough... nothing good comes quick in a saltwater tank.

Personally... I think "live" bagged sand is all hogwash anyway, so regardless of whether or not it's washed, you better still plan on cycling the tank. And not just with the saved cup of sand.
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At least wash it in salt water. You may as well have just bought pool filter sand at Home Depot for 35 cents a pound if you're going to run fresh water over it.
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I agree with all, Washing will remove or kill all the good bacteria that you paid so much for. But like Kurt said " the only thing that happens fast in a SW tank is mistakes and problems".
You will be surprised how fast the cloudy water disappears. Allot of it is CA anyway and will be taken up in the water column.
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Hmmm, so you really think the freshwater (DI) would kill the stuff? (If any anyways...wish I had a microscope)

Washing in salt water would be pricey. How about filtering with cheescloth or something similar such that I can reuse the salt water?

For example: I make up two gallons of saltwater and poor it into a large bucket with the sand. Stir up the sand and then poor off the milky water into another bucket through cheesecloth ( or a pillowcase maybe?). Then repeat until the sand is clean. This may not work depending on how fine this particulate matter may be...Small batches could be done this way with coffee filters.

Im not being impatient as much as just being quite eager to get the cycling process under way. )) (Spent alot more $$$ than planned on better quality stuff, thus quite eager )

How about this "partial sand wash" idea I thought of: I could wash half the sand with tap water and just kill the "live" stuff off. Then I could put the other half (unwashed) on the bottom of the tank and then poor over the washed stuff on top to sort of shield the unwashed sand from the water? Might this prevent a milk cloud?

Its just that I dont want to spend any extra time on anything that isnt related to the cycling process. Seems this sand issue is a mechanical issue, thus any trick in the book ought to be justified. On the other hand, cylcing is a biological issue and time is simply the answer.

BTW_Got my tank. (Very pretty!) But the top is mostly acrylic. The light I got is much larger than the hole they made in the top for their puny crappy light fixture. I assume that acrylic doesnt filter much of the light since the light I bought has an acrylic strip covering the bulbs anyways. I will add some rubber feet to the light fixture (coralife) to keep it from slidding around on the slick top surface.

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Why is it you insist on washing this sand? you say you payed extra money for better stuff but yet you want to kill the better stuff that came with the sand? im not understanding this, just poor the sand in the tank and start your cycle it will clear up and you wouldnt have wasted all the spent money... but your going to do what your going to do.. i can give you this advice, i listen to these guys and girls very carefully and did what was suggested and my tank cycled in less than 2 weeks, and FYI my water balance is perfect..
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I want to wash it simply because this stuff is extremely messy. I took a small amount and dumped it into a glass, then poured some water into it. What a mess! It instantly turned to milk. As it sat, and water evaporated out of the glass, it left white residue all up and down the sides of the glass. This seems like it would equate to a HUGE mess in the tank. The seller included some instruction sheet claiming it needs to be washed before putting into the tank. Maybe I could ask him if he has success with this and not killing the stuff?

It was $20 for 30lbs, so not a bad deal. I thought that aragonite is the sand of choice and didnt think that would be sold at home depot or lowes.

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