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Old 03-15-2012, 11:19 PM   #221
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Hey hey up to 0.5ppm NH4 already.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:56 PM   #222
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Is that from the shrimp? Mine to >8, but I used 90 pounds of uncured LR to start my cycle. My sandstorm lasted a week after adding 300 pounds (unrinsed) of Southdown Playsand (no longer available). I'm pretty sure I used a 3" pr 4" section of pvc to get the sand down. A 1" is pretty narrow for ID. Do you have a 2" piece you can use?

Cheato did not go out today. I'm waiting till Monday to send it (priority mail).
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:09 AM   #223
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Thanks Cmor. No rush in the chaeto so Mondays fine.

I can probably snag some 2"or 4" from the maintenance shop at work. Biggest I have here at the house is 1 1/4.

And yes, the shrimp and cured LR are the only things in so far that could produce ammonia. I will keep a close eye on it. I would think 1-2ppm ought to be enough to get me cycled and maybe not wipe out my hitchhiker zoas in the process.
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The Zoa should be just fine...

I used 3" PVC to deliver my sand and the cloud was pretty much gone that night. Just rinse the sand first!!!
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Sand is in. It is really nice sand and just have a slight haze atm. No rinsing was required. I have a whole other box I could put in. It is about 1-1.5" deep. Do I need to add the second box? Not
Going for a DSB... I think it looks good at this depth. But if I need it I will add it.
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If you are happy with it then stop there. I prefer to have a deeper sand bed so I put more in mine. I like mine to be uneven...
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Ok, thanks Allen. I think I am going to leave it for now. I can always add more later pretty easily if I decide I want it. I didn't even have to use PVC.. I just used a big cup, filled it with sand, and dumped it close to the bottom. This seems like some really high quality stuff. The grain size is similar to sugar, and there are some interesting shells and shell pieces in it, but other than that it is clean as can be.

Now, to get the water back to clear, should I just shut down the sump/skimmer/powerheads and let everything sit, or just run as normal? Right now I have everything cranked up and it seems to be already clearing up.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:00 PM   #228
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I always leave my system running with everything going after i add sand. Seems to help clear it up.
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Great, thanks Carey.

Ammonia is up to about 2ppm. I think I am seeing the first traces of 'trite as well.

The water is clearing up fast. Tank looks great with the sand in.
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Looking good! Hope my new rimless has that clean sharp look that yours has.
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