Is the sand still ok?

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

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    herkie R.I.P.

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    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?
     
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    More than likely, just toss a handful onto the new sad bed and see what happens, cant really do any harm.
     
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    I agree with Alan
     
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    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.
     
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    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:
     
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    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.
     
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    The Viper makes me feel so sad.(I would have loved it if he said two weeks.)
     
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