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    Reuse live sand?

    Is it possible to reuse a live sand bed? As many of you many know we are breaking down our existing tank to get ready for a move. We have a well established sand bed in the tank right know. We were thinking about taking the sand out, baking it(to dry it) or air drying it, then washing in thoroughly. Would this be possible without causing some serious issues when it is placed in a new tank?(i.e. high phosphates/nitrates) Thanks for the help!

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    I consider breaking a tank down and moving it as a chance to change out the sand bed...unless its pretty new (like < 6 months)...otherwise if it was me I would replace it and just seed with some of the old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNicho View Post
    I consider breaking a tank down and moving it as a chance to change out the sand bed...unless its pretty new (like < 6 months)...otherwise if it was me I would replace it and just seed with some of the old.
    Completely agree. The amount of detritus that accumulates in the sand bed over time is quite large. I would not want to risk putting all that crap back into my tank if I have a good opportunity not to.

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    I have re-used my sand bed just as you described and wish I would have just replaced it. No matter how wel you rinse it, I do not think you can get the gunk out.

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    Can use the old and make some aragocrete frag plugs or rocks with it *shrug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd515 View Post
    Can use the old and make some aragocrete frag plugs or rocks with it *shrug*
    I wouldn't, there is still a lot of crap in there and it would leach out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    I wouldn't, there is still a lot of crap in there and it would leach out.
    wouldn't that leach out when you cure it though?

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    Question

    If you placed it in 5g buckets, with a garden hose, and let it rinse from cloudy water to clear for an hour... Would it still be that bad?

    I was planning on reusing mine in 6 months. it will be about 18 months old by then... sand isn't exactly cheap is my reason...

    but if you all are agreed, that it's bad idea, even if rinsed for a while... then I will plan on buying new stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd515 View Post
    wouldn't that leach out when you cure it though?
    Hmmmm well maybe, just not sure if all the gunk would come out. Eventually it would but since you are sort of mixing it with the cement it might take longer? I guess I just am not sure how well you can really clean it before you cement it. I mean if you can clean it that well then why not use it over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty View Post
    Hmmmm well maybe, just not sure if all the gunk would come out. Eventually it would but since you are sort of mixing it with the cement it might take longer? I guess I just am not sure how well you can really clean it before you cement it. I mean if you can clean it that well then why not use it over?
    Ya I was just trying to throw out an alternative to just throwing it all in the trash.

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