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Old 07-03-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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how to change crushed coral to sand

i will be getting about 40lbs of sand here very soon, but i'm not sure exactly how to switch over from CC to live sand. i don't want to just remove all the CC and then just refill the tank with the sand. i have all kinds of little worms and who knows what else thriving in the bottom of my tank within the CC. i would like for as much of them to live as possible. i've seen people post to only do a little bit at a time, but how much at once? how long should i allow for the creatures to move over to the sand before i add more?
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Old 07-03-2006, 10:59 AM   #2
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I did mine 1/3 at a time. I did it before my PWC, over about two months. Some say you can do 50%, I just wanted to make sure the good little critters moved to the sand. I also had LS mixed in with my CC, so I had to sift that out as well.

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should i sift it out with some sort of strainer or something? maybe go get a cheap strainer that is used for cooking or something?
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should i sift it out with some sort of strainer or something?
I wouldn't worry about it, if you don't have LS in the tank. That is the only reason I sifted and did it 1/3 at a time. If you do have sand in your tank, I would go buy a cheap plastic strainer. I would look for something that has small enough holes/slots to hold in the CC but let the water out relatively quickly. I did leave a little bit of the CC in the tank, to possibly help my pH. That actually went up after I replaced the canopy.
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okay, i think i got it now. i will just remove a small portion of the CC, replace it with some sand. then, about a week later, i will continue to do the same at week intervals. is it a good idea to leave a little bit of the CC in with the sand?
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Sounds like you got it but this is a good article to read about changing substrate.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=27
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I left some CC in mine. I think I have about 5-10LBS in there still. I'm not sure if 1 week is enough time for the tank to keep up, unless you do maybe 1/4 at a time.....but I could be wrong....
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alright, well i just got some bad news. now, aquariumguys.com cannot ship my sand to me. they gave me a price for everything, i paid my bill, and actually expected it to be here within the next 2 or 3 days. today i got an e-mail saying that they would have to charge me over 100 dollars just to ship my sand to me priority. being here in japan, i can only have things shipped to me priority, so now i won't be getting any sand. that sucks, now i have to keep looking around here. thanks for the help anyways everybody. wish me luck finding sand for sale here somewhere.
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If you can find aragonite playsand, you can use that. Make sure it is NOT silica based. A great test for aragonite sand is to bring vinegar with you, put a little of the test sand in a cup, dump some vinegar on it and if it fizzles/foams, you are good to go. As for the fizzle/foam, trust me, you will know when it does.
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i'll have to try that. thanks for the suggestion. when i try it, i'll let you know the results.
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