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Old 05-18-2011, 08:05 PM   #31
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Plus I put a trash bag over the sand bed.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:06 PM   #32
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I actually used my everyday fine china dinner plate in my cube when i filled it. LOL My mother would have killed me for putting mikasa into the fish tank!

I gotta be honest though, I didnt' notice much as far as improvement. Still took a good day to settle down. I was thinking on not putting sand in one corner and then just filling it in when I finsh filling it.
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the nassarius snails should be fine in pool filter sand the grains are probably 1mm in size which is fine.

i love my nassarius snails also, they are super fun to watch during mysis shrimp feeding time
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You have to use the trash bag over the sand bed, then you place you plate over that, I had almost no sand kick up when I did this.
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lol just use a form of mechanical filtration to filter any of the dust thats floating around. its easier then messign around with bads and plates
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You have to use the trash bag over the sand bed, then you place you plate over that, I had almost no sand kick up when I did this.
Why the trash bag? I had near zero sand kick-up with the plate method and bucket pour. If you're using a python, perhaps turn the water down so it isn't at fire hose volume .
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Old 05-18-2011, 11:08 PM   #37
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Neat trick! I had almost forgotten about that! That should save me some time for sure!

Was the playsand harder to clean btw Meegosh?

thanks very much!
It isn't really harder to clean, you just can't shove the vacuum down into the substrate like you can with regular gravel or PFS. With Playsand you have to swirl it around above the substrate to get the detritus into the vacuum.
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+1 on you don't want to clean the sand, let the cuc do it. You don't want to release the nitrates before they are converted to nitrogen gas, correct? And not too much nitrogen at one time.

Nassarius rock, mine come out of the sand as soon as I drop food in the tank. I also love my fighting conch, totally buries himself except his eyes.
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its not about releasing the nitrates its about trapping organics in the sand. there is a possibility tbat they can decompose and if the gas isn't released it could turn into hydrogeon sulfide. for the first month or so its imparitive that you leave a DSB alone so it can build up its nitrifying critters. you also don't want to syphon the sand as this will remove the life in the sand bed defeating the porpous of a DSB
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The biggest reason not to get play/pool sand is that it isn't calcium based and if you plan on going reef it means you are going to have to dose a lot more the you otherwise would have to.
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