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Old 08-13-2009, 03:23 PM   #11
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Actually, the powerheads wont really make a difference on or off in this situation. As long as their currents are not at any time hitting the sand, then it wont be kicking up any more than what is already floating about. When it was just sand and water in my tank i kept the powerheads on 24/7 and thats actually what cleared the tank up for me. And yeah, you really should rinse it extremely well. For aragonite, its best to rinse the sand until the water turns from a thick milky color, to being cloudy. Then you will know its good to put in the tank.
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Yeah I just started a new tank and didnt bother to wash out the sand. It was cloudy only until the next day but every so often I bang it up a little bit so I can get all the "cloudiness" completely out of the sand so my inverts wont have a problem when I put them in. It'll go away in a couple of days, dont worry to much about it
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Old 08-13-2009, 03:36 PM   #13
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lol i remember how when i started my freshwater tank, i had this gravel that, if i remember correctly, was blue. i removed all the gravel that was blue, and i started to pour Flourite into my tank. when it was full of water. without rinsing it. REALLLY bad idea! it took over 10 50% water changes to get it from where it was dark brown to where i could very slightly see the driftwood on the tank. then i removed all the flourite and begain to rinse it. in a bucket. it still took 2 weeks for it to completely clear up. oh and it also broke my $50 rena smartfilter because a small rock got in there and broke all the things off of the impeller! ugh. i was so mad.
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Yeah, that does suck People just have to remember that sand is dirty.. lol.
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I'd disagree to this extent. Turn them off until you sand has a bacteria coating. Once that happens the sand will tend to congeal somwhat and be less prone to current (even mis/re directed current) from stirring the soup.


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Actually, the powerheads wont really make a difference on or off in this situation. As long as their currents are not at any time hitting the sand, then it wont be kicking up any more than what is already floating about. When it was just sand and water in my tank i kept the powerheads on 24/7 and thats actually what cleared the tank up for me. And yeah, you really should rinse it extremely well. For aragonite, its best to rinse the sand until the water turns from a thick milky color, to being cloudy. Then you will know its good to put in the tank.
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Im sure what your saying is correct about the bacteria and all, but theres no reason why you cant have the powerheads on as long as they are not hitting the sand at any point. If its not hitting the sand.. then nothing will get kicked up.. obviously. Therefore it will keep the water moving around. Stagnant water is not a + for tanks. Its good to keep the water moving at all times regardless if your just starting off or you have your tank fully set up. Not to mention if your mixing your salt in the tank if your just starting off the tank and theres nothing in there but water and sand. Then you REALLY want the powerheads to be on to mix the salt mix. There are so many reasons why i think the powerheads should be on, even with the sand in the tank. I had my PH's on when it was just water and sand in the tank and as long as the flow wasnt hitting the sand, i had no cloudiness. At all.
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