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Old 07-01-2011, 11:46 AM   #31
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Yeah, be careful with that sand--looks like there is quite a bit in there. When you start turning sand over it can release some nasty gases that can make the water toxic to the fish after the move.

Very good deal you got there, and I will be following along.
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:30 PM   #32
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I just feel as though cleaning the sand AND replacing the water in one step is gonna cause the tank to cycle and I'm trying to avoid that as much as possible, if its unavoidable I don't have a problem doing it, just would like to get it all completely setup by sunday night...ohh and just found out that I'm gettin 2 buckets of salt too.....
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:24 PM   #33
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IME, If you don't wash the sand and are using it, you will get a cycle from stirring up the debris in it. I did a used 29 gal from CL and didn't know any better and it had a dsb that I just threw in without rinsing. No one made it through the cycle except some inverts. Same water, same sand, rock, etc, bad mini cycle.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:27 PM   #34
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I have to agree. Whenever I buy a used tank or move one of my own i always start with new sand. I didn't one time and I tested the water and the trates were off the charts. Took several back to back 50%+ pwcs to get it down to 20. You dont wanna be doing that in a 125g, i guarantee it!!

Plus you'll have everything out so now is the time to start fresh. Your rock is where most of the bacteria reside anyways.
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I have to agree. Whenever I buy a used tank or move one of my own i always start with new sand. I didn't one time and I tested the water and the trates were off the charts. Took several back to back 50%+ pwcs to get it down to 20. You dont wanna be doing that in a 125g, i guarantee it!!

Plus you'll have everything out so now is the time to start fresh. Your rock is where most of the bacteria reside anyways.
Hey, at least we are learning from our mistakes, lmao!
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:41 PM   #36
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Ahh so a thorough sand washing should do?? Imma wash the crap out of it lol, def not with any chems , just can't afford to replace all 100 plus pounds of it at once
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:52 PM   #37
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just leave the sand you have, there is nothing wrong with using used sand as long as you clean it out.

just fill out 1/4 of a 5 gallon bucket with sand and fill it with water mix the sand around to get any debris floating in the water, then dump it out and do it again
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Thank you for the tips.... Imma have to come up with a bigger version of yours leo..seeing as to how there's over 100 lbs of sand.....1/4 full 5 gallon buckets may take awhile lmao
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I had to rinse 250lbs of sand to put in my 125g. Consider yourself lucky. It took me hours LOL
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250?!?! are you crazy?? Lol that's insane! I think what imma do is use a 40 gallon rubbermaid container , put half the sand in it, fill with water and mix it up, then syphon the water out with a 2" hose, repeat few times ....I'm way too excited! if I can sell the maroon and yellow clownfish, we are taking my 4 year old son to pick out a "nemo" fish sunday
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