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    Senior Member RaceFaceR1's Avatar
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    New Aquarium (Brain FREEZE)

    It's been a long time since I've set up a new aquarium...

    Is it better to mix your salt first or to put in your sand bed first?


    Thanks!



    Marc

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    sand first.
    Mix water in other container.
    Put garbage bag over sandbed
    put salad bowl over garbage bag.
    pour mixed saltwater into salad bowl.

    You won't have any sandstorm.

    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    tang_man, hey thats a pretty neat idea not to get a sandstorm...would of never thought of that! :thumb:

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    I'm going to try that once I get my sand ... good to know thanks Tang Man!

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    use a powerhead as a pump...insert tube into output, place powerhed in water and presto works like a charm

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    Good idea for cutting down on the sand storm, but you could mix the salt right in the tank too...saves a step.
    James...

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    I prefer not to mix the salt right in the tank.
    You will get undissolved salt deposits on the glass, and if using livesand this is not an option.
    Also, this doesn't let you minimize the sandstorm that will happen afterwards.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    get yourself a nice little rubbermaid garbage container and you will have it for later.You just premix your salt a couple days before your water change and leave a powerhead in it
    Derik...

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    Originally posted by tang_man_montreal
    Also, this doesn't let you minimize the sandstorm that will happen afterwards.
    That's not true. Add your sale, turn on a powerhead and it mixes itself...as long as you're using dead sand, and no LR, then no harm, no foul.
    James...

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    i don't know guys. If a new set up I always mixed the salt right in the tank with NOTHING else in there. Power head mix it for a few days. Then I would rinse my sand in a bucket
    ( see help rinsing thread) and put that sand right into the tank. I would avoid the big sand storm by allowing tank water to flow slowly into the bucket as it is lowered into the tank. Once on the bottom full of water I would just turn it over slowly and pore the sand out. This always worked well for me in the past.
    Rob

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