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Old 11-08-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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What is the best way to Transfer Sand?

I want to reuse my 8 month old sandbed from my 55g tank for the new tank.
(Should be ok since its not too old right?)

Is there a best way of doing the transfer over?

I imagine one would want to sift the sand for any large particles right?
Any other good practices?

The reason I want to reuse the sand is that all the silicates and phosphates are 0. It took 6 months for the tank to get there and all the hair algae to stop. Now its crystal clear, so I don't want to have to basically restart that with brand new sand.
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:36 PM   #2
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my suggestion would be to gravel vac the sand bed as you drain the water. that should remove enough of the junk. i use a large fish catching net as a shovel. good luck!
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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how deep is the sand? id imagine your testing 0 phosphates because the sand is binding them. if it is caco3 based, it is definitely binding po4. id suggest starting with clean, new sand. if you use a caco3 based sand, you shouldn't have to worry about silicates, either.
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