Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-24-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 41
Sand not settling!

I just pruchased a 30 lb. bag of CaribSea sugar-sized Aragonite sand for my new 29G saltwater tank I am setting up. I placed half the bag in the tank two days ago before realizing that I should have rinsed it so I rinsed the other half and placed it in the tank. The bag says it does not need to be rinsed before placing it in the tank but may take longer to settle. ( 24-48 hrs )

The tank is still not settled and I am now wondering if I should take it out and rinse it all. I already had the saltwater mixed in the tank and filled up before I put the sand in. I placed my hand down in the sand bed this morning to see how sensitive the bed really is. I pulled some of the sand back from the front glass and a huge cloud emerges. I think this might not be the sand I should have chosen?! Maybe I should get a larger grain size?
__________________

__________________
RISEANDFLOAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2007, 05:48 PM   #2
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,242
It will take longer than that. I would say 3-5 days. Give it time, it will settle.
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2007, 07:17 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 41
ok GOOD! I was really not going to be happy if I hand to take it all out and do something different. Thanks for the reply.
__________________
RISEANDFLOAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2007, 11:04 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sadielynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,835
Just be sure to rinse your carbon pads (if you are running them ) daily if not add one turn off your PH and if possible add a second filter should be cleared with in a day or 2
__________________
Sadielynn
Nanoreefing site
2 nanos
10 gallon ~6.5 gallon custom
Sadielynn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2007, 11:19 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
aquazen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NC, USA
Posts: 362
Send a message via Yahoo to aquazen
If it's the Caribsea Livesand, no rinsing is required. You want all that magical goo in there. Mine took about 3 or so days to settle out if I remember correctly.
__________________
Peace is in the art of creation.
aquazen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2007, 11:29 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I rinsed 230 LBS of sand 6 times each batch and my tank still took about a week to settle. I have found it is easier to add the sand (in a new tank) when the water is in there, otherwise you have to stir it to get the air pockets out of it.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2007, 01:42 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sadielynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,835
I did not rinse ours however there is no sourse to keep the bacteria live ... I like it because it is prewet and sinks to the bottom with fewer free floating particles to seize up impellers and such ... There is nothing magical in it because it is sitting on a shelf for how long till it gets to the LP/FS and sits there how much longer there is nothing feeding the pods or bacteria or even O2 getting to them the only thing magical is that it sinks 100x faster than dry IME
__________________
Sadielynn
Nanoreefing site
2 nanos
10 gallon ~6.5 gallon custom
Sadielynn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2007, 01:50 PM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Have you started to cycle your tank yet?
If not, the sand may never settle. Throw a raw shrimp in there to start the cycle.
What causes the sand to settle is that it becomes coated with bacteria which now makes it heavy enough to settle on the bottom.
My tank was cloudy for over a week (300 pounds of sand). Today I can pull up a handful and it will settle in about 5 minutes
__________________

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
sand

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to keep a BTA from settling down. rafecci Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 11-15-2008 06:02 PM
Need help settling debate with wife fijiwigi Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 06-25-2008 04:17 AM
Cloudy tank/sand settling ClamKnuckle Nano Reefs 5 08-23-2007 02:02 PM
What is brown sediments that is settling on the bottom aravindk Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 7 07-09-2006 09:21 PM
Mandarin settling in... SkinnyPete Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 01-08-2006 09:42 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:15 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.