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tassod
07/19/2013, 11:15 AM
I would like to add more sand to my system. I currently use tropic of eden Aragonite reef flakes. My system has been up and running for 6 months now. If i were to get "live" tropic of eden aragonite, will that be ok to just add or will this cause any issues like a mini cycle or something?

Lilmatty5dimes
07/19/2013, 11:42 AM
add a lil at a time. it wont cause a mini cycle. advice grab a 2" pvc pipe and let the sand slide down the pvc to the bottom. that way it wont cause a big sand storm in your tank and upset anything.

sotomx
07/19/2013, 11:58 AM
sorry to interfere, I also want to do the same, should I rinse the sand if itīs "live" or just from the bag to the tank?

Thanks

Lilmatty5dimes
07/19/2013, 11:59 AM
if you rinse it you would be killing the "live" part and should have just bought dry sand.

tassod
07/19/2013, 12:00 PM
Did some searching after posting this and found some results with people saying NOT to use live sand but to go with dry sand. Is that true?

greech
07/19/2013, 12:01 PM
I have added both dry and live to my tank and the dry (rinsed of course) seemed to work better. I didn't lose anything after adding the live but had a decent algae outbreak after adding it. Diatoms was the only issue with the dry sand and those went away after a couple of weeks.

SVTour
07/19/2013, 12:02 PM
Did some searching after posting this and found some results with people saying NOT to use live sand but to go with dry sand. Is that true?

I would just do dry sand and rinse it...the sand you have in the tank already will seed it just fine.

Lilmatty5dimes
07/19/2013, 12:03 PM
yes. the "live" sand has been in a bag for who knows how long with the same oxygen. dont think its live anymore. plus, why pay $26 for live sand when a 40lbs box is only $33.

Donkeykong
07/19/2013, 12:07 PM
another vote for thoroughly rinsed dry sand, use a pipe and funnel to get the sand to the bottom or else you will have sand settling all over the rocks.

EllieSuz
07/19/2013, 12:19 PM
Get a clean, new oil change funnel and attach some vinyl hose long enough to reach the bottom. Spoon wet sand into the funnel and guide it wherever you want it.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/EllieSuz/20130715_134053_zps4ec44cec.jpg (http://s280.photobucket.com/user/EllieSuz/media/20130715_134053_zps4ec44cec.jpg.html)

tassod
07/19/2013, 12:19 PM
ok so dry sand it is then....hope my diamond goby doesnt go to town with it as he loves to make mountains out of it.

thegrun
07/19/2013, 12:22 PM
Keep the additions down to 1/2" at a time so you don't smother the sand surface dwelling organisms. Wait a week between additions. If you do go live sand I would still strongly recommend rinsing it in salt water or you risk a few days of a cloudy tank.

tassod
07/19/2013, 02:00 PM
Get a clean, new oil change funnel and attach some vinyl hose long enough to reach the bottom. Spoon wet sand into the funnel and guide it wherever you want it.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/EllieSuz/20130715_134053_zps4ec44cec.jpg (http://s280.photobucket.com/user/EllieSuz/media/20130715_134053_zps4ec44cec.jpg.html)

Just picked up same funel at Walmart...this should work perferct, thanks.

Jamey1010
07/19/2013, 06:58 PM
Yeah you want to go slow and not completely bury your new sand although sounds like your diamond goby should help with the mixing, I never tried the funnel sounds' like a good idea I would just lower washed wet sand in a bowl and slowly pour it where I want it, always went well

kegogut
07/19/2013, 07:08 PM
Add a little at a time,no more than 10% total current volume of sand,wait a week and do more.

nikon187
07/19/2013, 07:40 PM
Your diamond goby WILL go to town on the new substrate, lol. Its what they do