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Your thoughts on reusing a year old sand bed ?

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You'll have to rinse thoroughly in tap water, and then rinse thoroughly using RO to make sure all the tap water has been rinsed off.
It'll take a while to to do it properly,  butif you have the time then no worries.
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Reply #2

I dont think its worth the risk.

The sand naturally absorbs phosphate and other nasties. This will eventually become full. Rinsing won't get this out.

Buy some new sand, dont bother with "live" sand as I see that as pre-used as well.

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Do you think its worth using a few cupfuls of old to reseed as such or just chuck it all?

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Reply #4

I'd do part new, part old but rinse the old in saltwater. But as said, it's worth very little, as you're going to have to rinse it, and rinsing it will rinse away most of what you're wanting to seed the new bed with.



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How do you think my sand dwellers will fair once in the new bed for example sand sifting star and nassarius snails ?

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Reply #6

They're best left alone until the sand bed is a few months old.

Things like Nassarius snails will be ok as they'll browse the live rock too. But the sand sifting star will suffer. It'll loose weight and get flatter, and If you're lucky the sand bed will start to mature and feed it before the starfish dies, but it's a risk...

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I have a SSSF, when I switched to the larger tank this was one of my concerns,  you can drop or even bury some pellets (use what ever size you think is suitable) in the sand that should help the SSSF, as for the nass snails, they should be fine, but you can give some shrimp to them once a week if you want, just watch them to make sure it's all eaten, but if you have hermits they'll take care of whats left.
Mine is still alive and kicking,  TBH I see less of it now than I did in the smaller tank.
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