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ok i hated my gravel...soooooooo
Old 12-14-2009, 02:16 PM   #21
 
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How do you care for the sand? How do you vacuum? With gravel I just use a gravel vacuum. What would I use to vacuum sand?
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:21 PM   #22
 
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yeah you just vacuum as you would with gravel just dont go down as deep. and you may go a little slower at first to see how it flows until you get the hang of it. its really not that different. i know some will say only vacuum every other w/c but i do mine 1x weekly and have had no issues (well none related to my sand any how LOL)....
and there is the added bonus of it being a lot cheaper i paid 4.28 for a 50# bag of this play sand at Home Depot, just took awhile to clean it but it was worth it....
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:37 PM   #23
 
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How do you clean sand before putting it in the tank? With gravel, I use a strainer. with sand, wouldn't the sand go right through the strainer?
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:45 PM   #24
 
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put is in a bucket then fill with water while stiring the sand (by hand is easiest) then dump off the dirty water .. you may have to do this A LOT of times and i did mine the day before the change soi could let it soak over night after cleaning so it wouldnt float as much when it got into the tank :)..... after getting it in the tank and the water back in it will be cloudy for a little bit but mine cleared un in an hour then i put every one back in....
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:32 PM   #25
 
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Sounds easy enough. Thanks! I might just do it soon. I'm really not liking my unnatural looking gravel. I need to get a smaller tank to house them in first while I do the transformation.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:51 PM   #26
 
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By the way, do you have a blackor blue background on your tank? I just bought some plants to fill in my tank more and now I'm looking for a background to make the fish really stand out. Right now I have a background with rocks. It's nice but doesn't do anything for the fish. I was thinknig black would make everything stand out, but was worried it would be too boring. I like the look of yours though
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:19 PM   #27
 
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its blue go to first page and there are pic of the tank it fades from dark blue to lighter blue bought it at PetCo
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #28
 
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Looks great. I use nothing but sand now as well. I love it!
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Old 12-24-2009, 05:22 PM   #29
 
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i think you've done a great job,well done.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:17 PM   #30
 
Totally Awesome, I wouldn't have either, I might just now. When I was young (like two years ago) and stupid I got red gravel, HATE it.

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