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Seeding is usually a good thing. Using LR from an existing system can work wonders. You still can have an NH spike and kill all the fish off...I switched tanks, tried to move things slowly....things went to heck, had to get the fish out of the old tank and put them straight into the new tank (I should have kept them in the bucket while I had em') and the developed ich, death, ammonia spike, more death, ammonia burn...and now I and the tank are recovering.

 

Be prepared to combat the negatives should they arrise...

 

Kris

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The bagged sand is not a bad deal. You can buy it from a lfs and it works out pretty good. I used it on my current set up and had almost no cycle with water from an established tank. I am planning on using bagged sand on my new set up as I will never pull sand from an old set up and put it in a new one. Just a cup if any as if you take alot out its a cyano outbreak waiting to happen(scary)

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Old sand is fine to use as long as you take the right steps when adding it.

If adding to a running tank, rinse very well and add little bits at a time.

If setting up a new system, rinse well.

The common step here is rinse well before use. I didn't rinse once and had a nitrate spike that lasted for two months. Pest algae grew and that sucks. So rinse your old sand before you reuse it.

And for you people out there that think that you can't reuse sand, please give it to me.

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Old sand is fine to use as long as you take the right steps when adding it.

If adding to a running tank, rinse very well and add little bits at a time.

If setting up a new system, rinse well.

The common step here is rinse well before use. I didn't rinse once and had a nitrate spike that lasted for two months. Pest algae grew and that sucks. So rinse your old sand before you reuse it.

And for you people out there that think that you can't reuse sand, please give it to me.

 

 

 

You can re use it but you have to rinse and rinse and rinse well you ge the picture. Plus if it was me I would bake it and clean it a few more timesDOH! I have tried old sand in the past and have also rinsed it out alot of times but it always comes back and bites you in the A** With the money that is spent on our tanks what is 30 dollars worth of sand? If it was me I would just spend the 20 or 30 new sand and be done with it.

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yes. Sand from running tank into new tank on top of new sand.

 

If you don't want the bucket of old sand to go to waste, bring it to the meeting and give it to me. I can either clean it up and pass it on to the next teacher tank, or use it for DIY rock to put in the next teacher tank. :)

 

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yes. Sand from running tank into new tank on top of new sand.

 

If you don't want the bucket of old sand to go to waste, bring it to the meeting and give it to me. I can either clean it up and pass it on to the next teacher tank, or use it for DIY rock to put in the next teacher tank. :)

 

dsoz

 

I will do that. There is some LRR in there too.

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