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Old 03-20-2005, 06:39 PM   #1
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Help!!! Moving DSB Right Now

Hey, I'm in the process of moving my tank. The top 1" to 1 1/2" inches of sand smell fine. below that has a fairly unpleasant sulfer smell. Do I need to trash the DSB????? If so, I assume that I can just save the top layer and use it to seed the new DSB. Please Advise!!!!
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Old 03-20-2005, 06:54 PM   #2
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I am currently scraping off about 1" layers of sand and keeping them is seperate buckets. Can I keep the sand and just put it back in the tank in appropriate layers?
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I really don't know. I guess as long as the top doesn't smell bad, it would be ok.
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Old 03-20-2005, 07:01 PM   #4
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Your parameters arent off. Lakes smell sometimes.

I dont think there would be anything wrong with it. But Im new so im not sure.
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Is your sand black or have black spots? I think that's when your supposed to worry. The smell I'm not sure is such a big deal. Although, when I moved my tank, I don't remember the sand smelling bad.
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I wouldn't risk it if I were you. Lay down a new 3-4 inch base if you have fresh sand available and use an inch or so of your established sandbed on top. Better safe than sorry. Good Luck.
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The smell dissapated quickly. And there were no dark spots or layers in the bed. I'm going to try and re-layer the DSB and hope for the best. I'll keep you posted.

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Cool. Good luck.
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Old 03-20-2005, 09:33 PM   #9
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I would rinse it in SW before I reused it..... If you have some other sand you can use it might not be a bad idea to stat over ..... Keeping the top layer is a good idea.
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I did mine Friday and had new sand just in case. Once I started, I did not get any smell but once everything was back in the tank I got a small ammonia reading. I added everything except some LPS and my SPS. I wated 24hrs before adding them.

All appear to have weathered but my tank looks like hell still.

Hopefully yours went well. I would have removed the sand if it stank real bad but stink is subjective

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