Sand bed has to go!

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  1. gaboon

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    I've been battling algae for as long as I can remember even though nitrates and phosphates are undetectable with salifert and seachem test kits. I did a test now by scooping out some aragonite from the shallow sand bed and immediately noticed the smell, tested it and the phosphates are 0.2!!!

    Now, the whole sand bed needs to come out, what is the best way to do this without shocking the tank? Can I siphon sections at a time?
     
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  3. sweetnsour

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    yip sections at a time with water changes.
     
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    dude, i think im gonna follow ur lead, but i like my sand bed, it looks natural, will just have to settle for a tiny one 1cm deep
     
  5. Junz

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    Im a bit confused here, my sand bed has some big black sections and when i stir it up i get this eggish small....what does this mean ?
     
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    Hydogen sulphide i belive. Its a by-product of anaerobic denitrification.
     
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    gaboon

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    Ya, hydrogen sulphide, quite lethal to livestock in large amounts
     
  8. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    That is a very dangerous thing you are doing, you should never stir your sand bed, those black area's are normal and will disappear after a while.
     

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