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Old 05-07-2017, 3:16 PM   #1
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live sand smells like rotten eggs in a 5 gal bucket is it still reusable?

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Old 05-07-2017, 4:07 PM   #2
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Rinse it out with new freshly made saltwater. At least a few time

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that smell is the sulfur from organic matter decaying. Rinse it out a few times and use it

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The smell is from dead bacteria and organic matter that is decomposing. It creates hydrogen sulfide.

Rinse the sand really really well and I wouldn't put it in an established tank but it can be used in a new tank to cycle.

The potential down side is that the junk may introduce a bunch of nutrients into the tank.

Sand is cheap - I'd toss it and get new.


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