used 80 gal w/ sand left in-still good?
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks » Beginner Saltwater Aquariums » used 80 gal w/ sand left in-still good?

used 80 gal w/ sand left in-still good?

This is a discussion on used 80 gal w/ sand left in-still good? within the Beginner Saltwater Aquariums forums, part of the Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks category; --> Hi all, Just scored a great 80 gal custom bowfront and FULL set-up, for my very first saltwater attempt. The tank needs a GOOD ...

Check out these saltwater fish profiles
Black And White Percula Clownfish
Black And White Percula Clownfish
Percula Clownfish
Percula Clownfish
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
used 80 gal w/ sand left in-still good?
Old 03-07-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
 
used 80 gal w/ sand left in-still good?

Hi all,

Just scored a great 80 gal custom bowfront and FULL set-up, for my very first saltwater attempt. The tank needs a GOOD cleaning. The tank has been down 2 months, but there is still sand in the bottom, and a bit of water still above the sand. My question to you experts, is the sand salvageable? And if so, what is the best way to take it out, preserve it, and clean the tank? There is also a little bit of live rock left. It is starting to smell too. I appreciate any advice. Thanks!
GillStorm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2009, 07:21 AM   #2
 
Pasfur's Avatar
 
I would remove the sand and give it a good rinsing. Odds are you will be adding additional sand to create a 4-5'' deep sand bed for denitrification, so cleaning the existing sand is the way to go.

I would keep the live rock, no doubt. The smell will go away after the rock is placed back into saltwater and cures. In fact, I have 25 pounds of rock that I recently purchased in similar condition. It was in a bucket, moist but not submersed, and starting to smell. I have had the rock for about 3 weeks, and it is already indistinguishable from my other liver rock.

If this is your first marine system, you should post some details for us to give you guidance. Under almost every situation, there are things wrong that can be corrected early to increase your chances of long term success. Details and specs of every piece of equipment can be extremely valuable for us to help.
Pasfur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2009, 08:29 AM   #3
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
agree. more information on the setup please. reef or fish only with live rock? skimmer? lighting? and so forth.
onefish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2009, 12:37 PM   #4
 
Same here...I might not be much help but I like to read what everyone has. Also if you post everything you have people well tell you if they are good or bad and I will learn what is good and bad :D and you would have saved time effort and money.
AaaRr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Red (Left) Blu (Right) I'm Betta Than U Freshwater Journals 24 05-21-2008 02:22 PM
Is sand good for freshwater fish? binaryjripper Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 07-07-2007 04:51 PM
Is Play sand good for fish tank use? bg7003 Freshwater Aquarium Equipment 2 01-20-2007 02:07 PM
Left & Right Slider Bar jones57742 Off Topic Discussions 11 12-11-2006 12:39 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:46 AM.