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Switching from gravel to sand
Old 08-05-2007, 10:08 AM   #11
I hate to be the spoilsport here, But DON'T DO IT!!! Sand is nothing but a pain in the nether regions. I tried it and ended up having to replace my filters due to excessive wear on the impellor due to sand getting in it (it is almost impossible to keep the sand out). If the sand is to deep (more than 2 inches) you have to worry about gas buildup from decaying food and plant matter (the sand holds the gas in pockets and it can kill your fish very quickly) and it is impossible to vacuum without clouding your entire tank and coating any deco with a fine layer of sand that has to be removed. Again sorry to seem so Anti Sand.
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Old 08-05-2007, 11:10 AM   #12
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what a shame neonesf you had so much trouble,
maybe Kateyoup will pop in here and tell
you how she finds working with sand. :)
introduce MTS snails they will help to move the sand,
i found when i had sand that if i stirred it
Very slowly it didn't cause a sand storm.no filter problems either.
joelfish: when the sand is in the bucket
gentaly stir it,i think you should find that anything that
does not need to be in there should float to the top,
give the sand a second to settle then just scoop off
the muck from the water surface,
also when you add the sand to the tank,if you're not emptying
it of Everything,just add it Very very slowly.
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