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Old 07-10-2007, 11:05 PM   #11
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That is enough to tell you it is not "live". NH3 come from decaying material that can't be processed. In a new tank adding this sand will not be too much of an issue because it should still be cycling. I would certainly not consider it "live" by any means.
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If it came in a sealed bag it's ok.
The NH3 level would beg to differ. There is no way I would add this "live sand" to my tank.
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I agree with Brian. The ammonia tells you that the bacteria and any little critters did not make it.
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