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Old 02-01-2011, 11:44 PM   #11
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i believe any extra filtering is always a good thing.
i have an oceanic skimmer as well it does collect junk in the water, but it does take up some space in the top corner which is the main reason why people say not to
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:39 PM   #12
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does anybody have any considerations on type of sand to get what there favorite brands are and how to rinse it?
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here's how i rinsed mine-


any dry aragonite based sand will do. i like something slightly larger than sugar sized.
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would it hurt to mix the color like reg sand with black sand and how did u strain the water out of the bucket with out loosing most of the sand. how deep do u need for a small fish like a jaw fish that likes to burrow? thanks for all the help to far guys.
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i just kept pouring out the water when it was full until the sand almost came out. i did this over and over again till it stopped looking like a bucket of skim milk.
i then dumped what i could out and the sand i pulled out with that fish net you see in the sink.

i believe jawfish require at least 3".

it won't hurt to mix sand.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:41 PM   #16
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MR X, did you do the rinse w/ SW, RO water? Do you think it's OK to rinse w/ mineralized fresh water from a well? Even though it's a small amount of water , do you think it would add contaminants to a new start up tank? Thanks N83259
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:09 AM   #17
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na..i didn't rinse it, but then again, i was pouring it into a 200+- gallon system.
i would guess that it won't matter to rinse the sand with well water.
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I got my sand and most of my lr in the rock had some small creatures in it a few star fish and a hermit crab and some tiny snails still alittle cloudy from the sand but so far i have 29lbs of rock in a 29gallon cube waiting to see what happens now
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cool. you are on your way.
btw, i would remove that algae from the rock. it might be one of the more invasive species and give you nothing but grief down the road.
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