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Old 03-21-2012, 09:54 PM   #11
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:56 PM   #12
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I have had the tank up for about 5 months. No I didn't wash the sand, eek! Was I supposed to? I got the sand in the bag with water, I think coralife, something like that.
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I'm not home just yet, probably a few more hours.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #14
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I have had the tank up for about 5 months. No I didn't wash the sand, eek! Was I supposed to? I got the sand in the bag with water, I think coralife, something like that.
It's always a good idea to wash the sand. I don't think it's gonna hurt anything that you didn't IMO but usually yes you wanna give it a good cleaning.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:06 PM   #15
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Just that it maybe diatoms feeding on the silicates from the unwashed sand
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I rubbed if with my finger, does seem like it was on the glass but I had moved it with my finger do it just ended up mixing with the sand :/
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I rubbed if with my finger, does seem like it was on the glass but I had moved it with my finger do it just ended up mixing with the sand :/
Sounds like your ok. Maybe diatoms. I had it bad in my newly cycled Cichlid tank. Then it just took care of itself after some water changes.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #18
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Algea in the live sand

I used to have somewhat the same problem until I bought a Black lined Sleeper Goby. That guy is a work horse and keeps my live sand clean! He has tripled in size since I got him 5 months ago.
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I wouldn't recommend a goby in such a young tank as they can be finicky eaters but after a year they'll keep your sand clean
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nassarius snails are awesome for stirring up the sand and eating uneaten food and they look awesome when they emerge
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