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 08-02-2007, 07:21 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
silly question

silly question maybe....

I've got a tank with crushed coral but want to add live sand. I can just pour the sand right in over it? Im not going to get poison gas bubbles or fish that cant tolerate a mix of crushed coral and sand?
__________________

__________________
Bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2007, 08:19 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: WA
Posts: 228
I have heard of people doing that.. but some has told me that CC will find its way up.. I took all my CC out and just put sand.
__________________

__________________
mike3epanda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2007, 11:03 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
Eventually over time the CC will come back to the top as the sand works it way to the bottom. I`m also thinking it might be better to remove the CC and add sand.
__________________

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 08-03-2007, 12:53 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
Sand is better?
__________________
Bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2007, 02:31 PM   #5
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
Sand is smaller and wont trap as much fish waste under it as CC will. Dont get me wrong CC will work but you`ll have to do more dilligent work to keep it clean. Sand is also easier for some fish that need it sift or hide in. BTW there is no such thing as a silly question if you are trying to learn.
__________________

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 08-03-2007, 02:33 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 55
That's just the way of things - if you have materials like that with two different sizes of particles, the smaller will gradually filter down through the larger if it's on top. Read an article in SciAM on that once, but b-o-o-o-o-ring
__________________
Dan

55 gal FW
bristlenose / 2 otos / 5 corys / 12 platys / 4 giant danios / 6 serpae
DanD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2007, 04:04 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
Oh I figured the sand would go to the bottom. I actually hate using sand, because I find it a pain to clean with my python...but, having 30lbs of dead liverock I need something else to get my tank going. I will get a bit more rock, but the sand seems like a benefit to the tank overall.
__________________
Bunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2007, 04:21 PM   #8
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
You dont need to clean the sand that way. Get a sand sifting goby or narsirus snails. I have a bullet goby that all he does is sift sand. You can actually see him sifting the sand.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 100_0173_127.jpg (51.6 KB, 38 views)
__________________

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 08-03-2007, 04:55 PM   #9
AA Team Emeritus
 
Ziggy953's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
Posts: 9,101
I agree...the narsirus snails will do a great job of keeping the sand stirred up. I would not recommend vacuuming the sand unless you are planning to remove some of it.
__________________
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2007, 12:33 PM   #10
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 had both CC and sand. The CC ended up on the top and started to be a pain. I removed the CC and now just have a sand substrate, of course, this is just my personal preference.
__________________

__________________
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
Reply

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
You know those silly people who have absolutely no eye for balance? ha. Silly... cinnastix911 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 06-26-2008 08:48 PM
might be a silly question, but vsnsofadrgn Saltwater Reef Aquaria 8 03-11-2006 04:48 PM
Silly (?) Question Broken-Lizard Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 06-21-2005 02:44 PM
I have a silly question... TCTFish Forum Admin & Announcements 4 01-22-2005 02:34 PM
Silly Question to some im sure... bbaughman Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 09-10-2003 08:09 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:52 AM.


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