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post #1 of 59 Old 09-11-2011, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Redoing My Aquascape

For the past couple of months I have been debating changing my substrate in my tank from gravel over to sand. I have decided to take the plunge. After spending hours last night washing sand, I am now at the point were I am ready to do the change. Everyone and everything is going to be coming out of the tank. Will post some pictures later of before and after shots. I also found two more pieces of driftwood to add to my tank at the pet store today, each piece was just under $9. I also placed a large plant order at sweet aquatics. I have been feeling that my tank was still lacking on plants, and my frogbit that I got with my first order never did take off. I still have some of it surviving in a couple of tanks. So now it is off to remove the fish, plants and other decor. Drain the tank out, remove the gravel, and then put everything back together again.
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post #2 of 59 Old 09-11-2011, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Finally done for now, fish are back in the tank and corys are loving the sand. Just need to wait for my plant order to come in to finish my aquascaping. Here are some before and after pictures. Still need to add plants to the back area, and in need of floating plants, that all should be coming hopefully soon.
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post #3 of 59 Old 09-11-2011, 07:35 PM
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Looks GREAT! I have sand in my tank...first time I used sand in a FW tank...gotta say I really like it. I am sure you'll be glad you finally made the switch.
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post #4 of 59 Old 09-11-2011, 09:43 PM
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I'm going to be doing mine today... granted, mine is only a 10 gallon. :)

I have sand in my second 10 gallon tank and I really like it, which is the reason why I'm switching my first tank over tonight.
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post #5 of 59 Old 09-11-2011, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks nubster I am looking forward to when I finally get my plant order in. I have a bunch of floating plants that I ordered along with some stuff for background and foreground. Right now I just feel that it is not complete.

@Babyboyblue, this is the first tank that I have done with sand, and I do love the way it looks. My corys are loving it also, and just in time for the new corys I will be getting this week.
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post #6 of 59 Old 09-12-2011, 09:03 AM
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You did a great job there Barb, the tank looks beautiful... too!!!!
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post #7 of 59 Old 09-12-2011, 09:35 AM
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looks great mate! i plan on switching to a sand substrate myself in the next week or so. how exactly did you rinse your sand? I've been trying to figure out the best method without making a huge mess.
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post #8 of 59 Old 09-12-2011, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Beaches

Thanks saint fu, for cleaning the sand I cleaned it in the bathtub with buckets. I filled the buckets about half way, was using mop buckets I have have for doing water changes. I used my water changer hose to fill the buckets with water and washed away. Once the sand was washed enough I put the sand into an empty new tote that I had. I washed my sand on Saturday night, and did the change over on Sunday. My water was still a little bit cloudy when I first put the sand in, so I filled the tank and emptied it a couple of times which helped to clear it up. I spent about 4 hours washing the sand, and than about another four hours doing the change over and setting things back up again.
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post #9 of 59 Old 09-12-2011, 11:06 AM
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Man Barb, your plants are so green and beautiful! Mine have a few small to large brown spots and my one sword has a mostly clear leaf... Have your plants always been that healthy looking, or have they freshened up lots after being bought from wherever you got them?

And that sand really makes the tank pop. :D

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post #10 of 59 Old 09-12-2011, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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@ OddballFishCoveter, the plants have always been pretty good. Most of my plants I got from sweet aquatics, my swords, val and wisteria that are in the tank. The swords when I first got them were fairly small, but over the past few months they have really taken off. The cyrpt and anubias that I got from petsmart have done well too, when I got those I looked for the best of what they had available. I have a album in my profile section that has pictures of monthly progress of the tank, you can definitly see the change in the swords. Thanks
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