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Old 02-15-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
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Question about adding to tank.

My main question is if I can add more sand to my exsisting reef tank? The sand is not as deep as I want it. I was also wondering what else you can add to your exsisting tank? What should you not/never add to exsisting tank?
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You can add sand but I would rinse it good and run it down a piece of PVC to where you want it. That would alleviate alot of the sandstorm.
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Perfect thank you.
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The only thing I can think of that would go on the "never add to existing tank" would be uncured live rock - once the existing tank is cycled and has livestock in it.

[Well... I suppose there are obvious things that shouldn't go in a tank, like Windex, bleach, many medications (except in a treatment tank)... but I'm guessing you don't mean those things!]
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Thanks, those were actually things I was looking for. I should have said it before but I'makin my own LR and I wanted to be sure I could just put it in when it's ready. The question before was too broad.
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I don't want to assume anything, so I'll ask what might appear to be a dumb question. You're following some directions or a good DIY thread about the homemade rock... right? Never done it myself, but I know there's a cure time involved and you want to make darn sure whatever may leach out from the fake rock has leached out or your pH levels and everything else will go sideways on you.
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Ya, after 5-8 weeks you test the pH. Once it stays the same as the water you've been changing with(usually your tap water), it's good to go. I just wanted to be sure I could put it right in my tank, seeing as it's related to LR.
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I don't agree with the statement that you cannot add uncurred live rock. If added in small increments, there should be no problem and how else do you get it cured unless you buy it that way.
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how else do you get it cured unless you buy it that way.
in a separate tank or rubbermaid tub.
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in a separate tank or rubbermaid tub.
What he said.

As far as adding uncured rock, I suppose it all depends on the size of the rock and the size of the tank and the existing bioload of the tank, and, and, and.... That's why I just stuck with the safe advice of "don't add it." Yeah... you can add it, but you'll only know if you added too much after the fact - when you're dealing with the mini-cycle.
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