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post #1 of 4 Old 07-14-2009, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Switching substrate?

Hi..new here. So I'm thinking of switching out the gravel in my 10 gal to sand and I had a couple questions I was hoping someone could help me with. My tank recently finished cycling, would switching out the substrate upset the cycle? and I've heard you can just use play sand... I see pictures of tanks using sand as a substrate and a lot appear to have two different colored layers. Is there supposed to be another substrate under the sand?
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-15-2009, 01:44 AM
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I'm also new to the hobby, but everything I've read said that you can indeed use play sand, but there are a lot of other options. The good thing about play sand is it is very cheap and available everywhere.

I *would* say that will upset the cycle as you have bacteria in your filter and in your gravel, but how much I dunno. You may be better off letting it go for a month with fish in it so that you filter becomes even more acclimated, then switch, but someone will more experience may say otherwise.

I get the feeling that you can be as hardcore into aquaria as you want, or as basic as you want. Running just sand should pose no problems, but there is always someone willing to sell you something to place underneath it, esp if you run live plants.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-15-2009, 08:31 AM
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well the first thing i can say is that sand looks great in tanks and has it's pros and cons....i made the switch to sand in my 20G in my bedroom and I love it. It looks great, brightens up the tank and my corries love it! The only bad thing is that fish waste is very visible sitting on top of tan sand.....there is some cleaning to be done, but if you are dedicated to your tank, it looks wonderful

Here is a post a while back from one of our senior members.....this will cover everything you need to know about your sand subtrates


the only thing I will is the grave importance of washing your sand before adding it to your tank....it takes forever and the process it self is tedious
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-16-2009, 12:37 PM
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Not a big fan of sand ...cant really tell you much about it, except that there are too many headaches with it,but what I can tell you is that you will have to cycle your tank from the beginning. Most of good bacteria lives in the gravel bed .. so by removing it you pretty much will remove all the good stuff with it.

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