caribbean live sand won't clear up?

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  1. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    I recently added 2 40lb bags of caribbean live and on friday. it has not cleared up at all. i have a 90 g w/ overflow and a 30 g sump. the only filter is a little filter fiber on the inlet of the sump, and the pre filter on the 9.5 mag pump. any suggestions or help please???:confused:
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  3. Jmblec2

    Jmblec2 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Depending on how you added the sand it may take up to a week or more to fully clear up. Give it some more time. May want to turn off a power head or two if you want.
  4. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    okay, thanks!
  5. Mr. Bill

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    If you have one laying around like I always do, an oversize HOB or canister filter will help dramatically.
  6. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    nope, no filters :-/
  7. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    you need a filter to collect all the silt,it'll never settle with out some kind of filter.I used the same stuff for my tank and it took a week to clear up (with filters) and i had to clean EVERYTHING from the silt leftovers.
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  9. NanoMano

    NanoMano Gigas Clam

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    if its "carribsea" live sand it will do that every single time. I hate that stuff. lol
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    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    i'll never use it again
  11. ingtar_shinowa

    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    you just have to rinse it or use with a filter sock.
  12. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    I'm learning to hate it.... aha
    nope
    i set up my sump with a glass inlet, so its kinda hard to get a filter sock in there... yea I'm stupid.. haha
  13. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    Heres what mine did when i just dumped it in,i didn't want to rinse it being live sand,but never again,lesson learned.

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    nyvw Skunk Shrimp

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    I have the same problem.. that stuff is so annoying. I just set up a 55 and used the caribsea sand and now i have to wipe all the silt off of everything
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    ZC42 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    I just added 40 lbs and mine cleared up within a day... did u use the bio magnet thing?
  17. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    this sucks.... i was hoping to see the bottom and see how it looks within a few days... next time ill just buy regular sand... it'd have to be in the summer though, cuz its too old here in the winters ;D
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    Jmblec2 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    did you follow the directions? by cutting the bag open inside the tank at the bottom and then releasing it that way? Also did you use the solution that comes in the bag to help clear it up?
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    ingtar_shinowa Giant Squid

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    I dont think there is anything 'live' about it, but who know i could be wrong! Its is the super fine sugar sand?
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  21. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    I did,the flow just threw it everwhere.

    I completely agree,i personally wanted the dead organics to get my cycle going and my sand active as well.Which it did,i had fairly hard cycle without adding anything but dry clean rock at the time.

    By far the worst about it was simply just the mess it made.But after that week and the clean up,it's been fine.
  22. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    should i turn off my pump?
  23. grinder37

    grinder37 Whip-Lash Squid

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    turn off all flow when adding and until the sand settles and spread it out mostly where you want it,give it a bit to settle then turn your pumps back on.What is blowing around will be a bunch of silt that just takes some time to get filtered out and cleared up.
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    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    its already in the state where your picture is. except 4 days later