Is the sand still ok?

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by herkie, 26 Aug 2007.

  1. herkie

    herkie R.I.P.

    Joined:
    18 May 2007
    Posts:
    884
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    The Bay of KZN
    Hi all, Just finished my dsb and plan to get some live sand from Sean Koekemoer tomorrow. My old tank is still standing with the last bit of water and sand in it. This is the sand/water that my clown wrasse was hiding in for more than two weeks without water flow or anything to give it oxygen. It is now 7 days later and I'm wondering if this sand wont be good to seed the new dsb. Dont you think the nunus under the sand can survive longer than fishes?
     
  2. Guest




  3. Alan

    Alan Admin

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    5,974
    Likes Received:
    123
    Location:
    KZN
    More than likely, just toss a handful onto the new sad bed and see what happens, cant really do any harm.
     
  4. Adam

    Adam

    Joined:
    25 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Benoni,Gauteng
    I agree with Alan
     
  5. Galibore

    Galibore Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    6 May 2007
    Posts:
    2,828
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Germiston
    IMO if you want to add a fair bit of the old sand, do it very gradually so that your bacteria can cope with the die-off (if any). Better safe than sorry.
     
  6. OP
    herkie

    herkie R.I.P.

    Joined:
    18 May 2007
    Posts:
    884
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    The Bay of KZN
    Old tank sand

    Thanks for the advice guys. I did get some sand from Sean Koekemoer with a lot of goggas in and also added a bit of the old tanks sand just now. I think This is it now , only wanted to seed the new sand. How long do you think will it take for the dsb to start working?:biggrin:
     
  7. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    29,718
    Likes Received:
    1,355
    DSB's can take a good few months before they start functioning properly, some people even estimate at least one year before a DSB is fully matured and performing like it should.
     
  8. OP
    herkie

    herkie R.I.P.

    Joined:
    18 May 2007
    Posts:
    884
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    The Bay of KZN
    The Viper makes me feel so sad.(I would have loved it if he said two weeks.)
     

Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - sand still Forum Date
[wtd] Live sand Wanted Saturday at 06:11
[wtd] Live sand and rock needed Wanted 9 Oct 2018
Live sand and rock wanted Reef Hunters 8 Oct 2018
Vacuuming fine/ish grain sand bed General Discussions and Advice 11 Sep 2018
[wtd] Live rock and sand Wanted 9 Sep 2018
RSS Life in the Red Sea Sand RSS Feeds 23 Aug 2018
RSS Istigobius murdyi, The First Sandgoby From Mesophotic Reefs RSS Feeds 18 Jun 2018

Share This Page