Getting to the Bottom of Aquarium Sand and other Substrates

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  1. Avatar dinodin says:

    hi Jeff, i’m a newbie in this hobby,i’m from Malaysia, i’ve just setup my new 5 feet (L) x 3feet (T) x 2.5 feet (W) main i’ve just taken the next step collecting natural sea sand far from the sea shore which is clean..
    my question is can i immediately put the sand directly into my tank or should i store it first? or should i clean the sand with tap water?
    my next step after i put the sand in my tank, i’ll will start collecting natural sea water and start to run filtration system in my tank so that the water will be clear and it the correct step?
    need your advice..thanks

  2. Avatar Don says:

    Hi All
    I am new to saltwater and I am just cycling my new tank.
    I believe it was somewhere here that I had seen something on Rusty Brown spots on the sand and rocks in the early stages of the cycle.
    I just can’t find it again as when I read about it there was nothing happening in my tank at that time.
    The tank is in the second week of cycling and I want to know if this is a good thing and if it will go away on its own as time goes on or is it something I need to get out of there myself.

    1. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

      Hi Don! the rusty brown spots are likely a diatom bloom, which is a normal (albeit unsightly) occurrence in any newly established system. It should be self-limiting as the nutrients fueling the diatoms are used up.

      1. Avatar Don says:

        Thank you this helps a lot I thought that is what I had seen somewhere here

        1. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

          My pleasure, Don!

  3. Avatar Rob Burns says:

    Can you do ultra fine sand on say the right side and a coarser grain on the left

    1. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

      I don’t see why not. Are you planning to designate an area of the tank for a sand-sifting species or for nitrate reduction? Just curious why you want to go half and half.

  4. Avatar Kendra says:

    This post is really great and helpful. Thanks for sharing this to us. This helps homeowners when setting up aquarium in their house. Keep posting.

    1. Avatar Chris Aldrich says:

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Kendra. Glad you liked the post!

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