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Switching from gravel to sand

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Switching from gravel to sand
Old 07-28-2007, 07:17 PM   #1
 
Switching from gravel to sand

I plan on using play sand but from the park.So should I boil it? I'm going to keep the old gravel in a container inside the tank for a while so the good bacteria can spread to the sand.
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:31 PM   #2
 
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are you going to nick it ?
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:33 PM   #3
 
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I wouldnt use park sand.
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Old 07-28-2007, 07:35 PM   #4
 
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cats love sand and usually leave
little jobbies in it.
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Old 07-28-2007, 10:53 PM   #5
 
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Why use park sand? Play sand at a store like home depot is extremely cheap; like a few bucks for a 50 pound bag. Just make sure it's thoroughly rinsed to avoid clouding the tank water.
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:20 AM   #6
 
because I only have a dollar in my bank account lol
But wow I didn't know play sand was so cheap
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:47 AM   #7
 
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don't forget that when you change to
the sand to stir it,as it does tend to compact.
i bet it will lokk really nice when it's finished,
will you do a photo diary,i'd love to see it.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:06 PM   #8
 
yea play sand is really cheap. i think i got 100 pounds for like 5 dollars.
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Old 07-31-2007, 02:24 AM   #9
 
I was wondering how is play sand used in brick work?
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:20 AM   #10
 
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hahaha, why does the brick work matter?

I've just purchased two bags of sand this morning at my lfs. Lied to my boss about not being able to work tomorrow just so I could do this major modification.

So, I rinse it REALLY well in a bucket? Won't it all just settle back in the bucket within several minutes? Also, will my fish be affected by the large cloud/mess that is likely to form in my water. I mean, eventually my filter will clean it (I'll have it shut off during the operation btw), but do I have to worry about parameter spikes?
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