clumping sand?

Discussion in 'Sand' started by zzzzzzzzpr, Jan 6, 2012.

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  1. zzzzzzzzpr

    zzzzzzzzpr Purple Spiny Lobster

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    my sand been like this for a few weeks now. its sugar grain sized. here are some pics. tell me if its good or bad and how to fix it if possible.

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    thank you for your time.
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  3. RemickJ

    RemickJ Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    How old are your builds? Have you tested phosphates?
  4. zzzzzzzzpr

    zzzzzzzzpr Purple Spiny Lobster

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    over a month and phos is good.
  5. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Lack of surface disturbance allows the nitrifying bacteria to bond your sand grains into clumps. The clumps can restrict aeration to the lower layers causing dead zones where toxins can build up. A couple of Nassarius snails will take care of that for you.
  6. zzzzzzzzpr

    zzzzzzzzpr Purple Spiny Lobster

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    guess i need to add a few more. i have a couple in there aready.