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Old 01-12-2020, 03:05 PM   #1
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Keep the sand??

Hey guys! Just bought a used 90 gallon reef ready tank. The guy saved the sand for me in a bucket. Should I reuse it? Iím not setting the tank up right away so it will sit in the bucket for a while...2-3 weeks. Should I ditch it and get new sand?
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If you decide to reuse the sand, it will take a LOT of rinsing. I usually just suggest ditching it for new. Who knows how much gunk is built up in that sand.
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I agree. New sand will be easier and cleaner.
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I would definitely try getting new sand its not that expensive. You don't want to be sorry and loose fish cause of what may have been in his tank..
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Old 01-28-2020, 06:58 AM   #5
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I ditched the sand. I think Iím going to ditch the rocks and get new as well. The more I look at them theyíre pretty ugly and Iíve had them in sw but no heater or anything so they donít smell so hot
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I ditched the sand. I think Iím going to ditch the rocks and get new as well. The more I look at them theyíre pretty ugly and Iíve had them in sw but no heater or anything so they donít smell so hot
Add a heater, then you'll basically have a pre cycled tank after you cure the rock like that.
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Add a heater, then you'll basically have a pre cycled tank after you cure the rock like that.


Iím going to pick through the better looking rocks.
Iíve also been looking at rocks from addictive reef keeping that are purple....is it worth paying the extra money for fake coraline?
I never thought Iíd be dwelling on rocks this much!
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I don't think it is worth the coloring...but people have all kinds of different tastes so I would say that is up to you.
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I don't think it is worth the coloring...but people have all kinds of different tastes so I would say that is up to you.


I keep going back and forth. Now Iím looking at reefcleaners base rock...I do have a bucket of dry marco rocks that would be silly to waste
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I always think that saving money where you can in this hobby is a good thing. Rock can easily be reused by just blasting them with a hose.
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I always think that saving money where you can in this hobby is a good thing. Rock can easily be reused by just blasting them with a hose.


How do you feel about live sand direct from Florida ocean? Iím waiting to hear about shipping cost(Iím in NY) if itís too crazy Iím not doing it. Looks pretty nice though.
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I don't know anything about it. I just buy whatever is available near me.
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That sand from the ocean probably does not have the beneficial aspects to it that it used to have. Between sitting in a warehouse and the shipping to and to you is probably live sand by now.
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That sand from the ocean probably does not have the beneficial aspects to it that it used to have. Between sitting in a warehouse and the shipping to and to you is probably live sand by now.


This was sand straight from Florida reef (salty bottom reef) but it was way too expensive! I got a 40 pound bag of caribsea aragonite and night mix some crushed coral with it
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Sadly, the crushed coral will all rise to the top and the sand will just filter down to the bottom of the tank.
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Sadly, the crushed coral will all rise to the top and the sand will just filter down to the bottom of the tank.


Ugh. I didnít think about that! Maybe Iíll stick with the aragonite (special grade) I also like the looks of the Fiji pink, and the arag alive natural reef. I definitely like gobies so the arag natural reef stuff might be too big.
Something about an empty tank sitting in your living room really makes you dwell on everything!!
I did finally buy dry base rocks(white) and Iíll just seed them with the lr in my temp tank.
Usually I can make up my mind better than this!!
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First tank is to figure out what you like and don't like usually in my experience.
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First tank is to figure out what you like and don't like usually in my experience.


This is my fourth lol! Fourth and final I hope!
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