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Old 01-18-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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My preference is to drop sand in and immediately after start adding the salt water and let that run for days then add live rock and wait.. But I have a tank just to make salt water. If you don't just do water, sand, then rock. Rock last because if not you have to take an extra step and blow off the sand that landed on your rock
I disagree if you add the rock last you might not need to wipe off sand from it but youll have to dig up the sand where's its going..its best to do your rock scaping then add sand because you want your rock making contact with the glass/acrylic or else you risk it all topling over once you begin adding livestock and they begin to burrow under it which could result in crushed fish/coral/inverts or worse..a shattered tank
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:50 AM   #12
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I've added my rock and sand in different order for several of my tanks. My preference is to add the water first, almost all the way full to allow for water displacement, mix it with salt and then add the rock. I like that the rock can sit right on the glass or eggcrate and the sand can go in around it making it more stable. I deal with the sandstorm for a day or two and go from there.

In truth theres no right and wrong way to do it. As long as the rocks are super stable and the sand is rinsed you are good to go.
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I don't think it matters. I agree with Carey. As far as limiting die-off, you want the rock out of the water as little as possible.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:59 AM   #14
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Mrc you have a good point. No need to argue about it. Guess everyone has their preference
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:18 PM   #15
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Who's arguing? All I've seen are preferences by some and a statement about "I disagree". Good stuff IMO.

Anyody else reading this can take it as a good lesson on how to respectfully disagree on a point and discuss it. This isn't even close to arguing.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:21 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the input on what order.

This is want I have been torn over, so may different ways to do it
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Glad to have your opinions
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Good luck whichever way you go.
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Water, sand , rock and, don't go crazy over it cause you have a while before it becomes cycled, so really it don't matter, which ever way you feel comfortable, just leave power heads and pumps off till it clears up some!!!
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Yeah Ray, I did not choose my words well there, on the live sand..It was late .

I had intended to go the route Carey has done, with the pool filter sand, but locally (& I mean very close by) there was no where that had it in stock.

I was in the LFS getting some other things & looking around & they had a 40 lb bag of Caribbean "live" sand marked way down to like $12...
I figured since 40 is pretty much what I needed & with the close places being out of the pool filter sand, meaning I would have a 30 min. trip each way to get the pool filter sand for about $8 - $10. plus the rinsing it would need, gas & my time figured in, to me it was worth the couple of extra dollars to just get it while I was there.
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