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    Is it safe to slowly add sand at the bottom of my tank if the bag is almost touching the bottom? There's some patches that get low that I would like to fill. Also I hear that it's bad to let air touch your sand coming out of the bag... what are your thoughts?
     
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    Bifferwine I am a girl

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    Air touching your sand won't hurt. And what you propose to do is perfectly fine.
     
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    The easiest way is to take a scrap peice of 3" PVC pipe and use a funnel at the end sticking out of the tank and than put the sand in the pipe and let it slide the sand to the bottom.
     
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    If it's live sand I use a soda bottle. I cut off the bottom. fill it up. Slowly put in tank,. Lower to where I want the sand to drop and unscrew lid. Sand falls into place.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    All 3 methods work great.
     
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    At the risk of repeating myself - I had a catastrophe (my first, and so far only) caused by adding live sand to an established tank. All my vertebrates died within 2 weeks of adding about 2 cups of the stuff to the established sand bed... my lesson learned was - add "dead" sand when you need to...
     
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    I added a bag of LS and didn't have any problem. All mine survived. You sure it was the sand?
     
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    Piggy, not 100% sure it was the sand - but the die-off happened within days of the introduction of the sand - starting with the fish that lived in the sand - and moved up until all the fish were gone. My instincts tell me it was the sand (nothing else checked out - and it was the only change made). We thought it might be stray current, but it wasn't...
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    I'll bet there was something in that sand Kevin.We never really know whats in the bag for sure.
     
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    Someone was telling me about cleaning the live sand before you place it but i thought about it and wouldnt that defeat the purpose?
     
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    Yep if you clean/wash live sand it kills all the good stuff. You do wash it if it's not LS.
     
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