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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 12:19 AM
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With a new tank it will go thru a diatom alge fase.(brown dusting of algae) Thsi is normal. Just stir the sand up gently with your hand. The diatoms will go away after a few weeks once the bacteria level builds up.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-31-2009, 11:25 AM
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What I usually did for sand gravel :

Siphon out the top layer. Vacuum if necessary (usually debris may accumulate)
Place new clean sand over (if I have any unused stock) up to normal level or clean the siphoned sand in bleach (usually for several hours), wash well, rinse and put it back on top.
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