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Old 05-21-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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Cleaning beach sand


I will be going to Myrtle beach S.C. soon, I going to being bring back sand.
I'm going to remove it from the shore so it will be wet. What do I need to do
so I can use it in my aquarium?
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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i suggest rinsing it very well in FW to make sure as much detritus has been removed. i would then dry it out in the sun for a while to make sure everything is dead in it, you can also rinse it with some bleach water to really be sure though do the sniff test after every rinse to make sure all of the bleach has been removed if you used bleach water. then rinse it again.

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Old 05-21-2009, 10:03 AM   #3
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i suggest rinsing it very well in FW to make sure as much detritus has been removed. i would then dry it out in the sun for a while to make sure everything is dead in it, you can also rinse it with some bleach water to really be sure though do the sniff test after every rinse to make sure all of the bleach has been removed if you used bleach water. then rinse it again.

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What is a good depth or thickness for a dsb ?
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:18 AM   #4
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I also used beach sand, but in my FW tank. I believe we have silica based sand here, so I didn't want to take a chance in the reef tank. I collected dry sand away from the shoreline. After a ton of rinsing I added it to the tank. No problems yet.
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:27 AM   #5
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to test whether the sand is calcium carbonate based or silica based dump a little bit of sand in some vinegar. if it bubbles and dissolves it is calcium carbonate based.

as for how deep the sand bed needs to be, it is totally up to you and how much siphoning you want to do. sand is a great phosphate sponge. it needs to be deep cleaned every week when doing water changes to keep this characteristic working. if not then the sand bed will fill up with phosphates and will need to be changed out completely. the deeper the sand bed the longer it will be between replacements if you are not diligent with your deep cleaning. the shallower the sand bed the easier it is to deep clean to get rid of all of the detritus that forms during the week.

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Old 06-11-2009, 07:41 AM   #6
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How do you clean or siphon the sand w/o removing it and moking a big mess ?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:07 AM   #7
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Good question! maybe Geoff can answer that,I only have sand sifters that go and stir and clean it.
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My CUC takes care of most of that. But I do take my siphon and just hold it barely above the top of the sand until it starts to suck a little of it up. This lifts the junk up, without stirring the sand up too badly.
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Thanks all !!!
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:04 PM   #10
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Unless you are in a tropical area that has an abundance of calcium crrbonate sand(ie white sandy beaches) it's probably going to be silica based sand and not worth the hassle of cleaning it out, you can by bagged sand at any building or garden center and get the same thing. Collecting sand from the wet part of the shore is subject to a strong possibilty of pollutants and or organic debris that is non productive.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:34 PM   #11
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I am just setting up my reef tank. I live a couple of blocks from the Gulf of Mexico so can I just use that "live" sand? How about using the Gulf water as well?
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