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Old 02-29-2012, 12:06 AM   #11
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It shouldn't be enough to change your pH to drastically...but I would still add it slowly over a period of time. Mostly because all that sand flying around isn't what you would want to breathe, right? As stated above, get yourself some nice aragonite sand. Here is a link to where I just got mine, pretty good deal if you have trouble getting specific things in your area.

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They have other kinds that might trip your trigger, so search around. Infact, now I wish I had so I could have black or pink sand...lol
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Over how much time are we talking about here? How much sand is needed for a 90 gal tank?
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Don't mean to hijack thread but Mr X my tanks has been up for two months....u think it should still be blowing around? It covers my rocks and everything
Yes. Eventually it will settle.

Buy dry sand and rinse it thoroughly before adding. It will become live on it's own. It should not cause any spike or cycle. the live rock you already have in the tank is calcium based.
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How deep of a sand bed? 2" in your tank will require around 90 pounds.
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Thanks for advice! So, my two fold plan is to add more dead rock and replace the shell base with dead sand. I need to add about 20-30lbs of rock to get to the advised 90lbs.

I will pull my rocks and coral out of tank. Keeping corals in a bucket and then layout rocks on floor for proper placement. Then glue as needed. Next I'll scoop out the shells on bottom and replace with the dead sand. Then put rock and corals back in. Probably about an hour or two.

Will this work without killing everything? Should I do the sand first then wait a week for the rocks? Would really like to do everything at once.
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Hmm..I would put the rock in a different container with salt water in it and monitor that water for a week or so to make sure you don't get any kind of spike or anything. I'm not sure I would just toss 30 pounds of dry rock in the tank.
At least Soak it for a while before adding. I've never used dry rock since i can get live rock for the same price, so I'm not sure.
I don't think the sand would cause any issues.
I definitely would have a large water change ready for any hiccups.
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