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Old 06-07-2011, 08:04 PM   #11
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perfectly fine but your "live" sand is more than likly dead because it's been sitting on a shelf for months with no food source for the bacteria if you didn't alredy buy it try to buy pfs or dry arognite sand

edit: i read the title fast youl be better off buying new sand nasties in the sand can get stirred up and cause all kinds of problems

die of causes ammonia so the die off of bacteria ill be a food source for the live bacteria.

either way its not hard to rinse off the sand, it may be frowned on but if you're going to start a new tank and have to cycle it all then whats the harm in having detritus in there, it will eventually be broken down into organics which will help feed ammonia for a cycle, so why exactly do you guys think its so bad? i would just buy new sand but still if someone is strapped for cash, it won't exactly be the worse thing someone could do
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:05 PM   #12
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Is there a big differnce in price because i saw live sand $30 for only 20 ibs no way I'm going to pay that for sand lol

you could get dry argonite sand its alot cheaper then live sand and will eventually become live
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:12 PM   #13
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Ya I was now thinking of get 60 ibs of new dry sand and seeding it with my 40 ibs of live sand or just buy all new 80-100 ibs of dry sand?
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go with all dry sand if you're going to do that. the live rock will seed the sand
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:27 PM   #15
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Ok thxs so would 80 or 100 ibs be enough for a 72 gallon
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:34 PM   #16
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it all depends how deep you want to go with the sand and depends on the surface area based on that depth
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He didn't state money was an issue, he asked about using "used" sand. Everyone was just making the point it isn't optimal, however, it is possible. I would rinse it extremely well before putting it in the new system. Ideally, using dry aragonite would be great. It is relatively cheap, and no worries.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:49 PM   #18
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Thxs everyone I'm kinda confused but I think ill be all right I'll check the price the sand at my local fish store if it's not to much ill get it if not I might have to use the used sand
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where are you confused, if we can clarify things for you don't be afraid to ask
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Sorry I cleared up on what I was confused on I missed one of the post about the used sand having lost of bacteria
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