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Old 11-02-2005, 06:05 PM   #11
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Hey, that's a good idea, seaham!
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:11 PM   #12
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And it works great, I have used it on 3 tanks and I had 0 sand storm.
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-so have my water mixed and ready. (don't mix the water with the salt in the tank, right? sure would be nice to be able to)
-again, I have a reverse osmosis system on its way.
-clean the heck out of my new sand
-add them both?

question, when do I add my live rock and the 5 gal of live sand I already have. Should I wait a couple weeks before adding my good stuff (LR & LS)? I still have the original filtration with bio balls which I'm sure still has bacteria on them still.

Or should I add the good stuff first to help things out since they are live. Nothing special on them, like corals, etc. Just a little purple stuff on them.

step by step how would you re-start up this tank again?

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Once your water is right then you`ll put all in at same time. Put sand in first then water and then rock and then let it cycle the fishless way for 3 to 6 weeks till your test kit says it is cycled
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Once your water is right then you`ll put all in at same time. Put sand in first then water and then rock and then let it cycle the fishless way for 3 to 6 weeks till your test kit says it is cycled
Great Thanks! Can't Wait! Just waiting on the water now. Wow, never thought it would be so much work and my wallet is now empty And all my RC trucks (other major hobby) have been collecting dust.
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I`ve read where people put garbage bags or other stuff in over the sand while you add water to avoid the sand storm that will happen.
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Old 11-04-2005, 06:54 PM   #17
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I would add the new sand to a dry tank then the LS on top of that and then the LR. When you add the LR wiggle them so the bottom touches the glass. You what this in case you get a fish that a digger he may undermines your LR if its not on the bottom.
then cover as much sand bed as possible with new trash bags, then I use a glass bowl in the center and pour the water slowly into the glass bowl. leave everything in the tank until your done filling. If done properly you should have near crystal clear water.

Also rinsing sand is not needed.. Fine particles are good for the sand bed.
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Also rinsing sand is not needed.. Fine particles are good for the sand bed.
Sounds pretty easy, THANKS!

So I don't need to rinse the new sand, even if its the sand from toys-r-us? I was told I could just use the toys-r-us sand at 5.99, 50lb a bag instead of $39.00, 40lb from my LFS. Its really fine course. The guy that told me about it had it in his tank and you couldn't tell the difference.
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is there any problem with using a local beach sand??
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The issue with local beach sand is what other pollutants are you adding? Same issue with people that collect rain water thinking it will be purer.
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