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Old 01-17-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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Deep sand bed

Hey need some advice. I'm trying to change my sand bed from crush coral to fine live sand to make a deep sand bed for better filtration. Don't know where to start. Any suggestions ? It's a 29 gallon tank have a couple of frags and one green BTA.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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I would drain tank water into a bucket and put a heater and ph in there and move all livestock into the bucket before you do it. Then drain all but the water just above the substrate into another container so you can put it back in the tank when done( I'd put my LR in here also). Then take out your crushed coral and drain that water and discard. Now out your water and LR back in then add your sand. Let it settle for a few hours then re-acclimate your livestock and your good. You prob want to have some fresh sw on hand to
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Ok I'm going to attempt to do what you said. I hope I don't kill my live stock.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:54 PM   #4
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Can I get more of the crush coral or maybe just put some fine sand on top of what I got and make a deep sand bed like that ?
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #5
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Large grain crushed coral is horrible. Just remove it completely as stated.
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Ok thanks
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Make sure you do your research on the deep sand beds that have to be cared for in a certain way or your have a possibility of releasing toxins in your water column.

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We have crushed coral and it's a pain in the [moderator edit].... Really want to get rid but scared to mess with the water and live stock
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+1 crushed coral is junk. Invest in some aragonite substrate, it's the best.
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dont know why everyone treats substrate like a nuclear warhead. ive handled/changed/ moved prob a dozen tanks with all forms of substrate and ive never had a single issue. just apporach the job with a well-thought out plan, and dont cut corners. you'll be fine. the basics to follow are easy, just dont subject your live rock/coral/inhabitants to the nasty water that will form once you stir up the sand. heck you can take out the old sand, rinse it thoroughly, and even reuse some of it if you feel the need. like i said, as long as you are diligent in following the correct steps, you wont have an issue.
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