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small amt of aragonite in planted tank?

i just emptied my 100 gallon marine tank and there is still a bit of aragonite sand on the bottom. its a minimal amount, not even a millimeter depth on a footprint of 72"x18". can i bury the aragonite sand with flourite or should i stop being lazy and get it all out?

the aquarium will be a low light, heavily planted community tank.
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aragonite buffers the water I think, so you might want to just add some water and syphon the aragoite out

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I would imagine you could leave it in; it might buffer your water just the tiniest bit...

If you really are worried, you can take it out with some kind of spatula (I like using a dry wall spatula)

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I recently converted my 90 gallon marine tank to a freshwater planted setup and reused all the crushed coral substrate(100-150 lbs) and my ph stays within .2 degrees of what comes out of the tap. I added 2 twelve pound bags of Florabase under the coral sand, and so far my plants are doing great.
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then you tap ph must be at least 7.6?

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thanks for the replies everyone. my tap ph is pretty high so ill try to syphon it into a brute can.
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If the tap water is already pretty high, and the GH and KH, too, then the trace amount of aragonite will not make any difference at all.
I get a lot of the substrate out with various scoops, but I like a 1 quart square food storage container. Flat sides do a very good job of pick up off the floor of the tank, and the rounded corners fit pretty well into the siliconed corners.
For those last grains, a paper towel is really good.
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