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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-15-2020, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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Re-using old BDBS

Hey folks, just a quick question here. I'm getting ready to set up another tank . This time I'm going to go with a 1 inch soil capped with blasting sand. My question is, I have some BDBS in a tank I'm breaking down . It was going for around two years with no problems. Recently I had a bout of GDA which i was able to get rid of and the tank is back to looking good for the lest couple of months. My question is, can I ( should I ) just move that substrate into the new tank ? I'm just wondering if there are negatives or maybe a ' shelf' life of a sand substrate. I have plenty of new sand left over that I can use.....I'm also a little paranoid that there might be some evil little algae spores laying dormant in there waiting for the right opportunity to rear there ugly head again..... mainly in the newly set up scape !!

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If it were me and mine I would just use new BDBS instead of the old, the sand is inert so in my thinking you would be transferring dirty sand instead of clean for a fresh start.
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I would re-use it. Since it's inert, you aren't gaining or losing anything by doing so. As far as the algae spores, those are in everything, they float about in the atmosphere. There's no realistic way to prevent them from getting into your aquarium. You just have to keep everything correct to prevent them from taking over.
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I just set up a new 75 replacing a 55, and I did not reuse my BDBS. My thought was to start as fresh as I could, and the BDBS is super inexpensive compared to other substrate.
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I'd reuse it. All the algae spores will come in on plants regardless of what you do. The beneficial bacteria that comes in with already cycled sand will jump start the cycle in new tank big time.
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I'd reuse it. All the algae spores will come in on plants regardless of what you do. The beneficial bacteria that comes in with already cycled sand will jump start the cycle in new tank big time.
Good point on jump starting the cycle if moving right away.

I setup and scaped the new tank before taking down the old one, so reusing would have also made me work faster than o wanted to!

Either way, OP, you are good!



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Thank You folks ! I'm not being cheap, but I thought it would be loaded with good bacteria for the new tank. Just have to get rid of all those annoying Osmocote that's been buried in there over time ! Only to replace with new Osomocote !! Too funny !!

Thanks again...... Always so informative here....learn something every visit and question !!

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