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Thinking of switching from gravel to sand. Concerns

Hi all, I'm thinking in the next month or so I might want to switch from my gravel to a sand substrate. My concern is that if I ever decide to switch back to gravel, how much of a pain would that be? Is it difficult to completely get all of the sand out of the tank? Thanks for any tips!
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Hi all, I'm thinking in the next month or so I might want to switch from my gravel to a sand substrate. My concern is that if I ever decide to switch back to gravel, how much of a pain would that be? Is it difficult to completely get all of the sand out of the tank? Thanks for any tips!

Small plastic dust pan will remove both gravel and sand fairly easy.
Any small amount of sand left would not in my view, pose any problems .
Might scratch the bottom glass a little but who will ever see it but you ?

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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Thanks for the quick reply, still not sure if I am going to switch, I'll need to do some more homework.
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I have one tank that is all sand and one that is half and half.. I like it either way!
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 01:00 PM
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I receently switched my Moba tank over to sand. I an honestly say it's the better move for both the fish and looks of the tank. I left the fish in the tank. The water got a little cloudy, but cleared up in a few hours. I did a good vacuuming the day before and fasted them a couple of days ahead of time. The fish seem to be enjoying it more and it is a whole lot easier to keep clean. I do weekly 25% waterchanges. I used pool filter sand, and it was heavy enough to sink and not float around.
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Once you go sand you will not want to go back. I researched the topic for a LONG time before taking the plunge. It was surprisingly simple. I went with the pool filter sand also since I wanted something heavier than the stuff from the LFS. In hind sight I probably would go with the off the shelf stuff even though it's a little more expensive. The PFS I got seems to be a little coarse for my liking but the Cory's don't seem to mind it.

I HATED the black and white rocks. My wife wanted them originaly since we were going with a 50's theme in the living room. The black things in the after picture are the plastic mesh containers from my large biowheel. I loaded them full of the old substrate to help with the transfer of bacteria to minimize a mini-cycle. Left them in for a couple weeks.
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