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Old 02-10-2010, 02:37 PM   #11
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You will loose some, but what I usually do is put the sand in a bucket, about 5 pounds at a time, then put the bucket under a tap and let it run until it is clearer water coming out. Then empty the bucket and get another five pounds, and repeat. Not very fast, but I think you don't loose too much of it. As for the live part, I agree with melosu in that I am not sure how "live" it actually is so I woudn't worry too mcuh.
If your rinsing with tap water then any remaining "live" bacteria that may have been there will be gone. Hopefully you have a RO/DI unit inline with your tap to filter the water as well. If not that could expose the sand to whatever is in your tap water and it could leach into your tank over time (heavy metals, nitrates, ammonia,etc.).
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If your rinsing with tap water then any remaining "live" bacteria that may have been there will be gone. Hopefully you have a RO/DI unit inline with your tap to filter the water as well. If not that could expose the sand to whatever is in your tap water and it could leach into your tank over time (heavy metals, nitrates, ammonia,etc.).
alright thanks for the info.

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First off do i need to rinse my live sand off before i put into my tank?
Yes, you should rinse it to get whatever junk may be in there out.

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And i have a 30 gallon tank and a HOB filter that pushes 350 GPH is that enough?
For your size tank that will be ok for now, but as you get corals and other livestock that need higher flow, you'll probably need 1-2 more PH's.

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and It has activated charchol and a biowheel is there any other chemical i need to put in there? it has space for two extra inserts
My suggestion would be to consider getting rid of the HOB altogether, getting 2 powerheads rated at 350-450 gph pointed at each other from opposite sides of the tank, and getting about 40lbs of live rock to use as your biofilter. Also getting a protien skimmer is a must have if your getting corals. They need very clean and steady water parameters to flourish.
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My suggestion would be to consider getting rid of the HOB altogether, getting 2 powerheads rated at 350-450 gph pointed at each other from opposite sides of the tank, and getting about 40lbs of live rock to use as your biofilter. Also getting a protien skimmer is a must have if your getting corals. They need very clean and steady water parameters to flourish.
thanks for more answers!! and for the hob its the only choice i have as of now. so thats why i was asking about the media
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how could i exactly rinse it out without losing alot of it?
Rinse with Sw and you wont lose much. FW will kill the nitrifying bacteria supposedly if there is any there.
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Rinse with Sw and you wont lose much. FW will kill the nitrifying bacteria supposedly if there is any there.
I dont think there will be any left, it says to take it off the shelf in may so, i its probably all dead.. With the dead shrimp to jump start the cycle could i put it in the filter and it decompose even quicker?
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I dont think there will be any left, it says to take it off the shelf in may so, i its probably all dead.. With the dead shrimp to jump start the cycle could i put it in the filter and it decompose even quicker?
I wouldn't put it in the filter. Could break apart, maybe get caught in the props, or just get shredded and shot into the tank in tiny bits. All those would be bad.
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