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Old 06-18-2012, 11:15 PM   #11
 
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I'm in the southern region. Nothing around for miles but tobacco fields.

Most of the sites I've seen from google shopping have been like $16 for a 5lb bag. BigAl's has 5lb bags for $3.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:35 AM   #12
 
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Are you sure that is for only one bag and not a case of six? The ones I saw didn't specify at first but if you go to their page they specify that it is for a 6x5# case.

I don't know how you feel about but in the past I have driven hours to get to a good shop (usually for livestock). If you were able to call ahead to a shop to verify they have it and let them know you are coming for it and just make a half day trip out of it it shouldn't be too bad.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:38 PM   #13
 
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I found a box of 6 for a good price on Ebay. I'm going to order that and hope for the best. Thanks, everyone! I'll be sure to post pictures when I'm done switching the tank over to sand. I can't imagine it will be fun, but I'm sure the results will be worth it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:13 AM   #14
 
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When I switch a tank to sand I vacuum the tank very well two days in a row. While the water is still low on the second day I scoop out all the old substrate. Then add all the new sand and get it to settle (you have to stir the bottom, pat the top, stir the bottom, pat the top, etc.). This should take 20-30 minutes on that size tank. Once all the sand is settled you can refill the tank and start the filter back up. Keep the fish in the tank. They won't like it but it is less stress than moving them around.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:24 AM   #15
 
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I've never switched to sand, so thanks for the tips. I would much rather leave the fish in there than take them out. I've moved these three fish before and it was not fun.
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