Originally Posted by Kelso
And I am considering getting some play sand today...first off, does regular play sand affect ph? How do I go through with removing the old gravel while the fish and plants are still in the tank? Will it harm my fish with all the particles everywhere? What about my filters...how will those handle the sand? Also, how will this affect my beneficial bacteria? This tank is very stable and I really dont wanna screw it up...please someone respond asap! Also will my plants be ok?
This is for my 28 Gallon.
Yup you sure can use play sand, check out any of my tanks with sand in them, that's all play sand
Make sure to wash it outside first a few times. Easiest way: Add some to a big bucket stir water in, stir it up, dump water out & do it again & again
I have super soft water here and it raised my hardness by 1 degree, wasn't even enough to effect the pH. And that was the regular play sand from the Homestore.
Best to do: Take all plants out into a bucket of tank water; Get a 2nd bucket with tank water for the fish. Then drain all remaining water, take a dustpan and scoop up your unwanted gravel into bucket no 3
I'd nor recommend doing it with your fish in it.
As long as you don't mess with your filter (eg washing sponges) your BB will be just fine.
Done that so many times this way, no harm ever. Nowadays I make up my mind FIRST and set the tank up the way I want to FIRST