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Old 06-07-2003, 01:34 PM   #11
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Oh, I forgot, how often is safe to vacuum the substrate? I am afrain of restarting my cycle if I do it too often. By the way, i have already seen a small drop in nitrates since I cleaned all the prefilter sponges and put new filter media in above the bio balls. I left the large rectangular sponge out that was below the bioballs . Should I put it back in or not? It didnt seen to have much of a purpose and my water is staying clear without it. I left the prefilter in the overflow in the tank corner so it could catch any uneaten food.
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Old 06-07-2003, 01:39 PM   #12
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What about mixing some beach sand in with the play sand? would this be safe? I will be going to the beach in a few weeks for the finals of a contest I won there on spring break and was just wondering about the sand.
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Old 06-07-2003, 03:14 PM   #13
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I don't think using beach sand is a very good idea because of the possibility that it may contain contaminants and pollutants (i.e. tar).

btw -- what kinda contest did you win?
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Old 06-07-2003, 03:19 PM   #14
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hbright you vacuum the substraight based on the bio load and the ammount you feed (ie if you have a bunch of fish and you feed alot ) you would do it more often. I vacuum mine once a month. As per the recycle, it is inpossible to cycle from vacuuming you sand. As per sponges and media and anything like that, they are traps and will produce nitrates as thier is not anoxic zones present so you have to choices, clean them every few days or remove them and dont worry about them. If you have a skimmer you wouldnt want to have the prefilter in the overflows either.

On the sand you are thinking about collecting, I am not what you want to do with it. Is it for your tank? if you are worried about nasties that are in thier I would simply lay it out in the sun and let it dry out, then a good rince and it will be fine. I would keep the bleach in the luandry room


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Miller,
I won this bikini contest a when I was at the beach during spring break The club had multiple contests and invited all the winners back for a finals round. I really don't want to go but its a free trip so what the heck.My friends always talk me into doing the most stupid things!!!
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Old 06-10-2003, 09:30 PM   #16
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Oh come on now you cant tell us your a bikini contest winner and let us judge for ourselves
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Thats why I usually dont mention it......where exactly would those pictures go in the photo gallery.....just kidding It's really sort of stupid but I like the prize money.
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Just kiddin with ya. Good luck in the contest and I hear ya on the money.


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is it possible to post a link to that article here so you don't have to e-mail it to everyone in the world Hoops?


'cause... you know... I'd like it too! :o)
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