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Old 01-24-2012, 02:04 PM   #1
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Question Aragonite Sand - Do you have to change it out eventually?

I've read on some sites that you will eventually have to change out aragonite sand. Is this true? If so, I was hoping someone could explain why you would need to.

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No you dont have to change out your sand. Just keep it clean with a clean up crew. I have never changed mine. IMO you do not need to.
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I agree. No reason to change it out.
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you don't have to change it but over time it might disintegrate from releasing calcium into the water so you might have to add more but that will take a long long time
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Just a question how longs a long long time? My buddy has had his sand for years and never added any.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:42 PM   #6
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Do not change ur sand in most tanks your sand is most of your biological filter mine is 12 years old never changed it not had any issues
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #7
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Just a question how longs a long long time? My buddy has had his sand for years and never added any.

who knows how long a long long time lol thats why i said a long time how else do you think it buffs the PH and helps maintain calcium and alkilinity. it has to release its own elemental compounds
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Thanks for the replies guys. I was asking mainly in the 10 plus year range. I'm assuming the site I read it on was implying that it would eventually dissolve but I wasn't sure. Been trying to find the site I was reading but my Google skills aren't working this afternoon lol
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Yeah I was thinking the same thing about the biological aspect of things.
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who knows how long a long long time lol thats why i said a long time how else do you think it buffs the PH and helps maintain calcium and alkilinity. it has to release its own elemental compounds
Long long time as in never.
It does not dissolve therefore it does not help maintain anything....unless you are talking about using it in a freshwater system. For the sand to start to dissolve the pH must be 7.3 or lower and you won't see that in a saltwater system.
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