Sea Sand Question ?

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Warr7207, 16 Sep 2008.

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    If I got a shipment of live sea sand shipped overnite to JHB, would I have huge amounts of die off, if I kept it wet and insulated ?
     
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    hmm, i dont think so. if there was a battery operated pump in there it would be fine, my LS stayed in a big bucket for close to a week with just a seio so you should be ok:)
     
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    As long as the sand is moist.Or maybe a centimeter of water over the sand, it will be fine.
     
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    haha, see i was right:) i think i should get some rep points for that:p
     
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    You will get die off as you will be mixing the different bacteria that live at the different depths in the sand.
     
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    What if I only take sand in the 100mm depth zone ?
     
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    Remember different bacteria live in different layers of the sand, the deeper the sand less o2.
     
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    Yeah, but I want the bacteria, that would be used in a DSB. Not really interested in the stuff that lives deeper than 150mm
     
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    Warr - Yes - there would be SOME die-off. But not too much. Please let us know what you planning to do with the sand?

    Perhaps you should let the sand "cycle" in a seperate container with a power-head only (and sea-water) for at least 2 weeks before you place this sand in your tank/sump......
    Unless you are planning to start a brand new tank - then just let the sand cycle in the new tank without adding new life..... you are bound to have ammonia/nitrite spikes still....
     
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    You know me, I am always looking for diversity, I can organise getting sand from a couple of different areas on the African coast. I want to add this to my DSB and SSB to introduce more bacteria and micro organisms in my system
     
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    LOL! No probs man.... yeah.... I know... I know... nothing wrong with that, hey!
     

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