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Old 08-12-2004, 09:59 PM   #1
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just wondering what order i am suppost to put the:

or do i have to let the salt & water cycle for a few or what? does the water need to be heated before i can add my live sand?

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Old 08-12-2004, 10:07 PM   #2
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Mix the salt with the water. Add to the tank, then you add the sand. HTH!

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If you don't mind it being cloudy for several days, you can add the sand then the water and add the salt directly to the tank water - but this is only OK on the initial setup. After that, you'll want to mix the water and salt before adding to the tank.

You may want to put a bowl on top of the sand and pour the water into the bowl - that way you wont disturb the sand too much.

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If you put the sand in first you can place a sheet of aluminium foil over the sand and then slowly poor the water over the foil. I did it this way and I could just about see through the tank end to end after it was filled. It only took 3 or 4 days for the tank to be just about crystal clear.
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I just set my tank up a few weeks ago

Water, let the filters run a day
then salt, for a day
then sand, filter off.
After the dust settled fired up the filters.

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Originally Posted by yigosflower
does the water need to be heated before i can add my live sand?
Yes, the salt will also dissolve better in the higher temperature.
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Also, (and please don't take this the wrong way)
since you didn't know what order to add the water, salt and sand, it sounds like you don't have a good SW book yet. I suggest The Consciencous Marine Aquarist, by Robert Fenner. Its an excellent book...very complete (for the beginner/novice..and even intermediate).

It's going to answer a lot of questions and give you a lot of information. it'll even answer questions you didn't know you needed to ask

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