New Tank, new sand?

Discussion in 'Sand' started by Stingray, May 7, 2014.

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  1. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    I agree with others, just rinse real well with saltwater (except maybe a cup) and put it in the new tank.

    an example of it not being a good idea to keep an old shallow sand bed is I had kept a FOWLR for about 15 years with the same sand bed that had high nutrients. It made total sense to get rid of that sand bed completely :)
     
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  3. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Very true. After 15 years it's time to get new sand. IMO, one year old sand is starting to get nicely established and throwing it away is a just a waste.
     
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  4. Marshall O

    Marshall O Giant Squid

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    My thoughts exactly.
     
  5. Stingray

    Stingray Blue Ringed Angel

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    Thanks for clearing that up guys, I will rinse my old sand and add it back to the tank, save me some money too :)
     
  6. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    In all reality, even that sand could've been recycled. It only takes a good thorough rinse and a few weeks in a bucket with a powerhead and a few water changes to make any sand like new again, regardless of it's history. OTOH, new sand is fairly cheap; time and effort vs cost is why most folks recommend tossing the old. :)
     
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  7. timkatz71

    timkatz71 Astrea Snail

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    Any updates how did it go?
     
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  9. Stovebolt-V8

    Stovebolt-V8 Feather Duster

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    Why only do half at a time? Doing it twice doubles the chance of starting a new bloom and ruining an establishing sand bed o_O