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Old 09-16-2003, 06:39 PM   #11
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Some areas that have reef clubs acutally hold sand swaps. Each member brings a cup of their sand in and all the members swap sand with eachother to help increase the sand bed diversity.
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Aragalive live sand guarantess 20,000,000 beneficial bacteria per Lb. in their bagged LS! They do put an expiration date on it, for what it is worth. So they are bs'ing everyone? Says 20 million on the bag, and is dated.
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Old 09-16-2003, 08:28 PM   #13
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I don't know if there is bacteria or not, and really don't care...all sand will accumulate the bacteria for nitrification. What is desirable in live sand is infauna (ie; pods, worms, etc...). It is not worth the money you pay for it, the sand will be colonized with bacteria before the rock finishes curing.
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The only way to truly know woud be to have a lab test a bag.

I myself have always wonderd about oxygen in the bag. there is very little air in the bag and with all that bactera consuming oxygen what happens when the air runs out?

Maybe thats what the expiration date is based upon.
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saying you don't care fishfreek is not an answer.
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reefrunner not fishfreek...... don't care is not an answer
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Old 09-17-2003, 07:20 AM   #17
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I answered your question, watch it!
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I'd like to apologize for my response to the above quoted post. 6:20am is not a good time to feel like your being chastized for offering an opinion on a free forum where all opinions are valued.

I hope you took more from my post than "I don't care", simple fact is your question..."So they are bs'ing everyone?", was answered to the best of my ability and I gave reasons for my answer. The I don't care part (aside from being true) was to add emphasis.
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I have e-mail carib-sea with the below question. I'll post their reply if I get one.

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I tried viewing your product package online but the image is much too small to read.

I'm looking for information on how the bacteria Carib-Sea claims to be in the bag is kept alive. To my understanding the bacteria must have something to feed on or it will die. If the bacteria is kept in an air tight bag is the sand coated with anything to nurture the bacteria while it is in the bag? I feel skeptical of this product but if I can be convinced the bacteria within the bag is viable I would not hesitate to recommend your product.

Thank you for your time.
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I also apologize Reefrunner- no hard feelings here. It had been a long day for me. You do definetly have the info. when it's needed.
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