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Old 05-07-2009, 01:44 PM   #11
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Ok, explain it to him this way.
The company goes to the beach to harvest the sand. They ship it in a hot/cold truck to the packaging plant (hot/cold) in there too. Then it sits on a shelf in the ware house (hot/cold) there too, then it gets put on another truck (you get the point here) and shipped to a distribution point or even the LFS, then it sits on the shelf (remember this part?) until some one decides to purchase it.....
Oh, I think I forgot to add something about Oxygen and circulation....just add that to the ().....LOL.
Think you can convince him now?

LOL. That may do the trick...I was already convinced but just in case I wasn't, I definitely am now. :p
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I have even heard of a member getting LS and when she opened it she could smell ammonia from the die-off.
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I forgot to mention that he thinks it's possible that even if it's all dried, when you add water...stuff could come back alive.
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I forgot to mention that he thinks it's possible that even if it's all dried, when you add water...stuff could come back alive.

uhm.. hmm... lol..

Ask him if you can kill him in hopes he will come back to life.
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uhm.. hmm... lol..

Ask him if you can kill him in hopes he will come back to life.

lol. Welllll.....His argument is like the idea of say a pleco living outside of water for several hours. What if there are species in the sand that can dry out per say and it's only a temporary thing. Their bodies compensate for not having water and then when they get water...they are ok. I don't know how else to explain that. It sounds like it could be possible and I don't really have a 'leg to stand on' to say that's not possible at all, ever. Since we are both newbies...we don't have strong arguments for either of us to be proven wrong or right. Add that to the fact that we are both skeptics and voila...you're where we are about this live sand.
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I would say it isn't impossible, but improbable....Live, in this case is not really the critters that live in the sand, but "live" in hosting the beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia to nitrItes to nitrAtes.
Trust me, you will have an amazing time finding plenty of critters on your live rock to even worry about what might revive out of the sand....
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I would say it isn't impossible, but improbable....Live, in this case is not really the critters that live in the sand, but "live" in hosting the beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia to nitrItes to nitrAtes.
Trust me, you will have an amazing time finding plenty of critters on your live rock to even worry about what might revive out of the sand....

Awesome! Thanks so much.

Thank you everyone! :p
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Also... let your husband know that he's right in one sense - that there are many things that can lie dormant and appear dead, and then come back to life, days... months... years later. There are tons of things in nature that work this way. Unfortunately... the nitrifying bacteria that our tanks use are not one of them.
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Also... let your husband know that he's right in one sense - that there are many things that can lie dormant and appear dead, and then come back to life, days... months... years later. There are tons of things in nature that work this way. Unfortunately... the nitrifying bacteria that our tanks use are not one of them.

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I personally bought 200lbs of live sand for my 150 gallon tank, along with my live rock and my tank cycled very quickly. I was lucky enough to be able to order it whole sale. Because of where a family member worked and got it for 60% cheaper than what it went for at the store. I used Caribsea brand; theres comes with a expiration date. I personally thought it worked very well. But thats just me
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