Caribbean Live Sand?

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  1. ZC42

    ZC42 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Should I wash this stuff? Don't want to kill the bacteria I paid for, but also don't want to deal with cloudy water for the next week.

    Thanks!
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  3. Jmblec2

    Jmblec2 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    no. pretty sure it says on the package not to rinse.
  4. MoJoe

    MoJoe Dragon Wrasse

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    yeah don't rinse, it defeats the purpose of it being "live" sand. You will want to run a sponge or filter floss though to clear the water up. Try to get the sand to the bottom as nicely as possible but you can't get around there being a sandstorm for about a day
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    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    You can lower a piece of PVC pipe to the bottom and pour the sand slowly through it, or lower the sand in a cup or bowl to help reduce the amount of cloudiness, then run a mechanical filter to remove what does get stirred up.
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  6. m2434

    m2434 Giant Squid

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    Don't ever add "live sand" to a established tank. I see the OPs signature says tank "cycling", so, probably okay, but just want to make sure
    The problem is there is likely a lot of dead stuff in "live" bags of sand you buy of the shelf of an LFS. If that is what the OP means by "live sand"? There is not much that is going to survive being shipped around the country in a sealed bag. So, adding can cause a cycle and I've seen this happen numerous times.
  7. ZC42

    ZC42 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    yeah im just starting the cycle
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  9. Jmblec2

    Jmblec2 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    follow the directions on the bag. I think it says to drop the bag to the bottom of the tank then cut the bottom of the bag releasing the sand?
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    ZC42 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    Oh sorry I forgot to say I ordered it- I don't physically have it yet. Just thinking about how I'm gonna put it in. Thanks for the help though!
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    sticksmith23 Giant Squid

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    Very cool idea. I wish I would have thought of that lol. ;D This is the mehtod I would with. PVC pipe is really cheap as well at lowes or home depot.
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    ZC42 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    how about using a piece of cardboard/poster board and pouring the sand through it? Same effect but its only 1 dollar vs 20
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    sticksmith23 Giant Squid

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    Where are getting a $20 price for PVC pipe? Lowes charges like $3 for a 10 foot piece.
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    ZC42 Corkscrew Tentacle Anemone

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    amazon? I think i looked there and a pvc pipe was 15 bucks.
    But would the card/poster board thing work?
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    sticksmith23 Giant Squid

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    It might, I would just worried about it getting wet and the sand sticking to it is all.
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  17. zackscott20

    zackscott20 Fire Shrimp

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    i just got 2 40 lb bags for my new 90. have yet to put em in. i think I'm gonna let the bag drop to the bottom then cut it, or the cup idea is good. the pvc idea would seem like more work than its worth IMO trying to get the sand down the pvc pipe would take bout an hour versus 5 minutes of dropping the bags in..
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    +1

    I would never submerge cardboard or any other paper product into my tank- once saturated, it will most likely start falling apart. Not to mention you will probably be releasing the processing chemicals into your water.
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