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How do I change to a sand substrate?
Old 01-07-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
 
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How do I change to a sand substrate?

I would like to have a peacock eel in my new 29 gallon tank, but it looks like they prefer sand over small gravel. But my tank is still cycling. So how would I go about changing to a sand substrate? And would the sand alter any parameters in the tank? And how do I keep the sand from making the water almost opaque with floating sand? How do you clean a sand substrate? And how do I make my filter into a sponge filter, do I just put a sponge over the filter tube?

Sorry for all the questions, but I need to know so I do it right!
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
 
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Freddy, after all that's been discussed with your 29g already...What is it with your addiction on super large fish in a small tank, honestly??
They grow to be 12"!!! With all you got already going on, you're just gonna add to the headache there.

To change substrate, you have to fully drain tank, take all plants & fish out into the buckets the water is in, scoop out ALL the gravel, fill with washed (!!!) sand and then refill with water add fish & plants again.

Here's a sponge filter for ya: https://www.petsolutions.com/Bio-Foa...10900+C23.aspx
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:34 PM   #3
 
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Oi! I would listen to Angel here Freddy! Unless you are able to purchase/acquire another tank big enough to accommodate the bigger fish, I would stay away from the big fish... hehe... I crack me up! Seriously though, I made the same mistake with a Rainbow Shark when I got my tank and had to return him because they get to be 6" easily and he was being aggressive toward the other smaller fish. If you get big fish in a 29g, your big fish will probably get even more aggressive for lack of space and we're not even touching on the maintenance issues here...

Don't do it! Kuhli loaches are "eel-like" and remain small... they may be a compromise?
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:46 PM   #4
 
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With all he got going in the tank right now as it is, the Kuhli would be snacks in seconds But once you got rid of the other fish some way, that sure would be nice, a gang of them in your 29g
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:59 PM   #5
 
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Yeah, I'm talking about putting it in and giving my other fish away, or selling them. Almost everywhere I've read about them it says they can live comfortably in a 29 gallon, and someone else was making a 30 gallon eel tank with 1 peacock eel and 2 rams, but nobody said that was too much. Haven't done anything yet, I just found out that PetSmart's having a sale on peacock eels. I really thought they could live in a 29 gallon. But Kuhli loaches work too!
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:54 PM   #6
 
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Can I have other fish with Kuhli loaches, or will a peacock eel work for a 29 gallon aquarium?
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:06 PM   #7
 
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I would say they're pushing it. A 30g is a much longer, lower tank than a 29g which is why it would be more appropriate for a longer fish. Apart from kuhlis, there are several other eel-like loaches that you may be able to get your hands on that could work for your tank.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:52 PM   #8
 
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Freddy, after all that's been discussed with your 29g already...What is it with your addiction on super large fish in a small tank, honestly??
I just don't like bunches of little fish in a tank. I want at least one fish that stands out. That's why I try to get eels and black ghost knife fish and oddballs.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:59 PM   #9
 
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Understandable and fair point. But then you need to have a tank that suits these fish if that's what you want.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:04 AM   #10
 
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Ok. But are there any oddball fish that I can keep in a 29 gallon?
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