Adding Live Sand to an Established Tank

Discussion in 'Reef Fishes' started by Peter Pan, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan Guest

    When I first set up my tank 75 gal FOWRL (75 lbs of LR) several Years ago,
    I added 3 inches of sand as well as Live sand. Now I am wondering If I
    should add more sand as well as more Live sand for a deeper Sand bed. Your
    thoughts are appreciated.
     
    Peter Pan, Mar 2, 2006
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  2. Peter Pan

    Roy Guest

    Well the sand would not have to be live as it will readily seed form
    whats there since the tank is pretty mature...You may experieince a
    mini cycle with live or non live sand, but it should not be a major
    problem, if done a bit at a time, as even real live snd is going to
    create a cycle of some duration as its bound to have some dead junk in
    it. Use a pice of PVC pipe and pour sand down through the pipe to
    spread it around so it does not cloud up the water a readily, or
    syphon some water out and imerse entire bag or a baggie full of sand
    with one corner cut off (sort of like those cones used for decorating
    cakes etc with icing
    On Thu, 2 Mar 2006 16:48:52 -0500, "Peter Pan" <P-Pan@Neverland.com>
    wrote:
    >><>When I first set up my tank 75 gal FOWRL (75 lbs of LR) several Years ago,
    >><>I added 3 inches of sand as well as Live sand. Now I am wondering If I
    >><>should add more sand as well as more Live sand for a deeper Sand bed. Your
    >><>thoughts are appreciated.
    >><>


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    Roy, Mar 3, 2006
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  3. Hi Peter,

    Conventional wisdom about "Deep" Sand Beds implies that the depth
    should be 4 to 5 inches but there's more to it than that. Some of the
    various flora and fauna in a DSB are quite sensitive to how deep they
    are buried and may die off if you add too much depth at one time.
    Further, there is a tendency for the diversity of life in a DSB to
    diminish over time since some things just don't do as well as others
    in a given aquarium.

    Consider adding a combination of sand and live sand in a quantity to
    increase the depth by 1/8 to 1/4 inch and then repeating the addition
    every six months or so (preferably using live sand from a different
    source each time). By doing it that way you shouldn't inadvertently
    smother anything and you'll insure that the biological diversity in
    the bed is maximized.

    For more information, take a look at this site:
    http://www.ronshimek.com/Online Articles 1.htm
    Dr. Ron Shimek is probably the best authority available on DSB design
    and maintenance and you'll find several articles on the subject on
    this site - The DSB articles are grouped at the bottom of the page.

    Sedimentally yours,

    Alex
     
    Tidepool Geek, Mar 3, 2006
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