67g substrate change, before and after. FOR AUNT KYMMIE! - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #1 of 24 Old 01-12-2011, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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67g substrate change, before and after. FOR AUNT KYMMIE!

Tonight I changed the substrate in my 67g tank from large gravel (I think I bought a 50lb bag, for $7 at Home Depot, and used about half the bag) to pool filter sand (a 50lb bag, for $20 at a pool supply store, and used almost all of it). This is all due to my desire for bottom feeders. I used a pet food scoop to remove the old gravel, and then after rinsing the new sand and then giving it a final rinse with dechlorinator in the water I used the pet food scoop to put the new sand in (I used the scoop to put the sand in just to keep the cloudiness down and to avoid dumping a bucketful on top of some poor, unsuspecting fish). After I finished scooping the sand in and replanted, I did a small water change. Working alone, this took 2h48m. I wonder why it looks like there are fewer plants in the tank now than there were before... I never got rid of any...Must have just bunched them differently.


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post #2 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 02:51 AM
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That looks really awesome, I've always gone for the fluorite black substrate thinking it looked best.
Might have to give this a try.
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post #3 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 04:32 AM
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It looks really nice. Great job!

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post #4 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 04:42 AM
LOVE IT!!! The sand has such a nice blend of neutral colors!!! It actually makes your tank look bigger!!! Great job!!!

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post #5 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the positive replies!

I'm really happy with it. I never really thought the old stuff was ugly, but now, comparing the before and after photos makes me think it actually was pretty gross.
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post #6 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 10:18 AM
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WOW. Absolutely stunning. Your bottom feeders are going to love the sand bottom!! I wouldn't worry about the plants. They might have gone through a little bit of shock, but will bounce back nicely and fill in again.
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post #7 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 10:58 AM
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That looks amazing! You did a great job. What bottom feeders are you thinking of adding? They are going to be in heaven!! Nice work.
I'm also impressed that you did this in less than three hours. I think it took me that long to swap out substrates on an itty bitty 6 gl.

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post #8 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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That looks amazing! You did a great job. What bottom feeders are you thinking of adding? They are going to be in heaven!! Nice work.
I'm also impressed that you did this in less than three hours. I think it took me that long to swap out substrates on an itty bitty 6 gl.
thanks! I am thinking of panda cories or yoyo loaches... leaning a bit toward the loaches because i'm hoping they'll help control the snail population... but worried about the things I've heard about them being a bit aggressive sometimes... I really don't want them going after my angelfish because they are quite lovely veiltail ones that I don't see around here that often.

And I think timing myself helped keep me motivated and sped me up considerably. And the suggestion to use a spatula (from my other thread where I was talking about switching), but I bought a pet food scoop instead so I could move larger quantities at a time. Also after rinsing my first bucketful of sand, I opted to rinse smaller batches at a time and take more trips, which I think actually cut the time down considerably because when I tried rinsing more at a time, I must have dumped about 20 buckets of murky water before it was clean, rather than only having to do it 3-4 times for the smaller batches.

And I totally neglected my other pets, too... the dog was locked in her crate, and the cat was locked in the spare room just to keep them out of my way... I was DEFINITELY on a mission.
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I have Angelicus loaches and Burmese loaches in my 125g, 6 foot long (haha had to throw that part in for Kym) tank. I aslo have a pair of breeding Angels in this same tank. You do see the loaches swim up to the Angels every once in a while (mostly at feeding time), but I have never seen them fin nip and my Angels fins are not damaged. That being said, these tw obreeds of loaches DO punch holes in my Amazon Swords which drives me INSANE. I'm not sure if yoyo loaches will do the same, but wanted to warn you nonetheless.
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post #10 of 24 Old 01-13-2011, 02:03 PM
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That tan sand is pool filter sand? Whats the name of the brand?
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