02-26-2008, 11:26 PM
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Live sand yes, play sand no.
Easy method, move your rock to buckets with tank water. Have a few empty buckets ready. Once the rock is set off the the side, start your siphon into an empty bucket, but intead of siphoning up in the water, get the hose down into the sand and suck it all up. When the bucket is 2/3 full, move on to the next and do the same thing, suck all of the sand and water together into the bucket... again stop at 2/3 full. Now go back to the first bucket. The sand will have settled on the bottom leaving you with water at the top. Pour the water back into the tank until you get it as low as you can to the sand at the bottom. Go to bucket #2 and do the same thing. Now start your siphon again and repeat until all of the sand is removed. When you're finished, you may want to dump out that water and start over. This would be the best thing to do at this point, while it is all still new. Start everything over as if this were a new tank. Leave your rock in the buckets for a few days, rinse/wipe out the tank, fill it up, get your salt and power heads, and heater in there and let it mix for 24 hrs. Then check your spg/salinity, adjust it as needed until you reach 1.023 - 1.025. Then add your rock, then add the live sand to help anchor the rock, and let it cycle. Idea temp would be 76 degrees.
If you need more help, let me know.