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    Senior Member barry_c's Avatar
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    quick answer needed on sandbed question

    alright, i just transfered my 50 gallon to a temp 77 gallon until i get my 90 in place and ready. everything went except the sand. i want to keep as much sandbed live as i can. i was thinking of tanking the top 1/2 to 1 inch and putting it in buckets with power heads and heaters to keep it alive. will it last a couple of weeks? the top 1/2 to 1 is surgar size arrongonite and the bottom 3 inches is crushed coral.
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    I kept 7 buckets alive for almost 6 weeks with only air pump and air stones. I placed the buckets in a row and placed normal output flourescents over them. I test the water in teh buckets every week for an ammonia or nitrate spike and didn't ever get one. It was then placed in the new system and is alive and well to this day. Even after I placed it in the new sytem, (on top of my new dead sand) it never died off or cycled. When you place it back in the new tank, you may get some die of and a mini-cycle.

    so...I used airstones, light, and no heater. Worked for me.

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    Thx mouse. Barry has major points to make up for all the stress he's causing As long as he doesn't break the 50-gal now....

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    HAHAHA....stress is part of reef keeping. The sand will actually stay alive in just a bucket with saltwater but I add the air and light to keep more alive and reduce a cycle of die off later.

    Good Luck
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    Barry:

    I like your idea. Siphon off the top 1-2 inches into a seperate container and keep it "alive". As for the rest, I'd rinse it out good, consider it dead, and re-use it.

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    thanks guys,

    the top 1/2 to 1 inch is now in an old 15 gallon tank with airstone, heater and filter. the rest is sitting in a 5 gallon bucket, waiting to be rinsed.
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    i would even feed it a bit to keep things optimal
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