Discussion in 'Sand' started by Grog, May 15, 2015.
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Do/should you use RO water to rinse the sand before putting it in the tank?
when I washed mine, I just put regular tap and one cap dechlorinator in a 5 gsl bucket and poured the sand into. of course pour sand in first but you get thw idea it was just easier to do it that way vs having to wait for the ro to fill what needed to be filled
Personally, I use straight tap. The tiny amount of minerals will be diluted into oblivion once you fill your tank, and any trace of nitrates, phosphates, etc, etc will be consumed during the cycle/ initial algae blooms.
Its not live sand is it??
^^ that was my thought at as well, if it's live sand, you really shouldn't need to rinse it and I would only rinse lightly with saltwater - otherwise with tap or RO, you can kill beneficial bacteria.
It will be going into an established tank. The plan is to change from crushed coral to sand.
Is it live sand or dry sand???
All or mostly dry sand. I may use some live sand to help balance things which will not be washed. Either way the plan is to do 1/2 the tank at a time.
I use tap for dry sand. I really rinse it well so when it hits the water it doesn't cloud up. Then settle on everything. I hate that. So I spend time rinsing.
I also pull out rocks and whatever could get caught in my siphon tube.
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