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post #1 of 4 Old 12-13-2011, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
Adding a layer of sand to a tank

Would it be harmful to the fish if I added an inch or so of sand to a tank? I have fluorite as the substrate right now but would like to add some sand over that because I like the look better. I would most likely take the fish out then drain the tank 80 or 90% and add the sand. I will rinse it a lot but will the cloudiness of the sand bother the fish until it settles? Once the sands in and the water is filled back up I will put the fish back in because I have no where to keep them long term. I bought some reptile sand from a pet store because I liked it more than the silica sand. This sand will be ok right?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-13-2011, 09:38 AM
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One little flaw, fluorite is probably bigger then the sand, so that one inch of sand will eventually fall to the bottom of the tank and the fluorite will be visible again.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-13-2011, 11:27 AM
I added well washed pool filter sand to my natural gravel a little at a time over several weekly water changes with fish in tank. Except where I added a fair amount in the center of the tank for contour, Zof is correct that the sand basically finds it's way below the surface of the gravel. In my case, with natural gravel, it looks very good and natural. I'm not sure how it would look with fluorite.

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-13-2011, 12:49 PM
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I would not risk this, for the reasons mentioned by zof and AD. I have Flourite in my 70g, and I have no doubt that sand would quickly disappear. Letting small ground-cover plants fill the tank is one easy way to lessen the appearance of the substrate, as seen in the photo below of my present 70g.
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