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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-27-2012, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Estes Black Ultra Reef Sand

I just put 20 lb of this sand in my 20g long after letting it soak for an hour in a bucket. When I dumped it in with my net, there were clumps of sand everywhere, some of which floated to the top when I pressed down on the sand bed. I scooped what I could from the surface, but gave up eventually.

How can I get rid of all the clumps? Also the grain size of this sand is rather small. Would I have to run my finger through the sand bed every week to make sure pockets of CO2 don't form?
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This stuff takes forever to settle down. If you read the bag, it says that you have to presoak the sand for a while. What I usually do is tap the sides of the container til it settles down, but this is less of an option in a glass tank. Another thing to do is agitate the surface with a spoon, break up the clumps, and spray a course spray of water over the sand. This also helps to get it sunk. Good luck. It's nice looking stuff once it stays down, but is such a pain to work with that I normally go with other options.


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Can you answer my question about stirring the sand weekly to prevent CO2 buildup?

I just squeezed the heck out of the sand on the bottom. There are less clumps, but they're still there. Should I just leave it? Will they unclump eventually?
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When I used estes sand{white} I would pre-soak it for days in a bucket, and run my hand though it several times a day. The oils from my hands are what I believe eventually tamed it. I used this sand in nano tanks-20 gal tanks. I did not use CO2.
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