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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Live sand in freshwater?

I started my new freshwater tank the other day with a layer of 30 lbs FloraMax and what I thought was 25 lbs freshwater sand...

I was putting everything away today snd noticed it was saltwater live sand. Well that explained the prolonged cloudiness and film at the top...

But what does this mean? I figure that my water will be very hard with a high Ph. I was planning on doing a community fish tank...

I don't have to empty the whole thing and start over do I? I can correct this with chemicals right?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 05:20 AM
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it has live saltwater bacteria and organisms (which I am guessing are going to die in freshwater) and also might buffer the water to a high pH and KH
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 05:41 AM
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It's gonna be rough...

If I were you, I'd start over unless you're planning on African cichlids.
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PRobably a little salty too until a few water changes. I'd scoop it out and just run it through a sieve. Most of the sand will wash out and you'll have floramax left...A little calcium won't hurt if all that's left is some shell and whatever
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-24-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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I spent the last 3.5 hours empting the water, rinsing the substrate in a colander and refilling the aquarium.

I lost a some FloraMax And still have sand mixed in. I will syphon it in the next few days and purchase some more FloraMax and some sand but read it more carefully.
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freshwater, hard water, live sand, ph balance

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