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Old 12-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #121
 
If we were to change to sand, what would it involve?

Draining the tank, uprooting the plants etc? Basically starting from scratch I assume?

What's involved in maintaing a sand tank? I know with gravel you'd vaccum, etc... I always thought sand was harder?

I guess this would all depend on how bad we want these specific fish.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:14 PM   #122
 
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A good gravel vac will fluff sand, not suck it up, so same cleaning basically.

What I do is jar my fish (would be easy since you just have the Betta) and then scoop my gravel out of the tank with my hands. The plants just float in the water while I do it. Then, I take my sand (which was well rinsed and cleaned) and scoop it in the tank. When I get enough, I start putting in my plants. Finally, I float my fish in its jar so he can get use to the temp of the water and pour him in. All done!
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #123
 
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Draining the tank, uprooting the plants etc? Basically starting from scratch I assume?

I guess this w
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While that would be best some have had success just pouring the sand in. they usually pour it in through a pvc pipe and don't run filters or circulation then let it all settle down over a couple of days.

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #124
 
Any recommendations on a good gravel vac and anything else I should know about sand?
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:28 AM   #125
 
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I actually have a thread up about changing my substrate from gravel to sand, if you would like to check it out. It's called Adventures of the 35G.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #126
 
Didn't want to start a new thread but I did want to guy everyone an update...

Got a thermometer, API master test kit, gravel vac and tomorrow I'll be getting another filter (30 gallon)...

Anyways- temp is at 76F

PH 7.5, Ammonia .25, NitrAte 0, Nitrite 0

Planning to do a water change and clean up tomorrow...also got some Seachem flourish to help the plants out a bit although they seem to be doing well.

Water got a bit cloudy about 2 days ago- getting different advice on how to deal. Some say change the water daily, some say leave it and it will clear. Not overfeeding..etc. Hopefully it will pass.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:47 PM   #127
 
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The cloudiness isn't something I'd be worried about, as that's most likely your bacteria getting established :) I'd be more worried about keeping the ammonia down. After the water change tomorrow, check it again and then the day after. If it's at .25 again, I'd do a water change. Just to be on the safe side :)

You still have the betta, if I remember correctly? And some anacharis? I'd maybe pick some more up next time you're at the LFS, as they suck up ammonia out of the water column.

How are you loving the tank? :D
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:52 PM   #128
 
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The cloudiness isn't something I'd be worried about, as that's most likely your bacteria getting established :) I'd be more worried about keeping the ammonia down. After the water change tomorrow, check it again and then the day after. If it's at .25 again, I'd do a water change. Just to be on the safe side :)

You still have the betta, if I remember correctly? And some anacharis? I'd maybe pick some more up next time you're at the LFS, as they suck up ammonia out of the water column.

How are you loving the tank? :D

Thanks! Loving it so far (except for the slightly cloudy water now)... The betta is doing great- he's got such a personality!

We have several plants...copying and pasting from the earlier post:
1 Anacharis
1 chilensis
1 banana plant
1 Wisteria
2 cabomba
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:21 PM   #129
 
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Bacteria cloud most likely. Could also be some of the finer sand particles. If you're worried, a pwc never hurts

I am so happy that everything is going well! How is your Betta? Did he ever get a name? And what did you finally decide for his tankmate?
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:34 PM   #130
 
Hopefully it will clear up on its own.

The betta is doing great! He's got such a personality. He dances around, watches us and is super active. His name is MR. FISH.... Original right? My husband wanted to name him Mumphert.
As far as tank mates we're still thinking.
We like kulhi loaches, fire green tetras and dwarf gourami. Not sure how that's going to work but we have time to think about it.
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