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Old 02-18-2012, 02:07 AM   #11
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U will later have to clean the sand so u get the rest out of the sand but definitely wait till it all clean
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:28 AM   #12
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"live" sand in a bag at any pet store is not actually live you'd be better off saving your money and getting the regular old aragonite sand.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:25 AM   #13
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Rinse the sand, stir it up till the water is good & cloudy, then dump that water. Repeat until it doesn't get too cloudy anymore.
Maybe easier done with buckets in small batches than in the tank. Use saltwater but I think it can be tap, and low salinity. Whatever little life is left in that sand after packaging & sitting airtight on the shelf will still be fine. You can do this now, but not after the tank is fully cycled & all your rock is set up, etc. I made that mistake!

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Old 02-18-2012, 11:10 AM   #14
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If u read before the sand is already in the tank so he has to fix it in the tank and yes I a agree I would never buy live sand it's not worth it
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If you have a python siphon you can easily rinse with water.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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I never said u couldn't rinse the sand I just said I wouldn't do it with fresh water because it is supposed to be LIVE SAND and what ever is still alive since it has been there for a while in a air tight bag would probably die it was probably on the verge of dieing already and fresh water or tap water I should say would not help that, he could easily get a 5 gallon buck of saltwater and do the same thing maybe I'm wrong I've never used the stuff
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:40 PM   #17
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Yep, rinse with de-clorinated, low salinity tap water (just to keep wasted salt to a minimum, I'm cheap!). You can always scoop it out of the tank into buckets. Shouldn't need too many buckets to get it done.
Then get the rocks, live & dry combination, aquascape, & start fishless cycling.
These are all things I WISH I'd done, learned the lessons the hard way.
Got a QT tank ready too?

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Old 02-18-2012, 12:47 PM   #18
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Ya me to lol when first started killer two fish didn't like the sand so put new stuff in and didn't clean or nothing ( moron )
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Bagged "live sand" sitting on the shelves of stores for months is most likely not "live" any more.
Rinsing this sand in tank water won't remove the bacteria though, if there is any.
Save your money and purchase dry sand and rinse it well before adding it.
I would run a HOB or canister filter to remove the white dust.
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Tank is finally clear and ready to go!
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