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lowco1 02-26-2009 11:11 PM

settling sand/substrate?
Does anybody know a good way to make sand/substrate settle faster?

aspects 02-27-2009 02:24 AM

just let it sit, it will settle on its own.

Fishin Pole 02-27-2009 07:22 AM

Patience.........thats all it takes

Tyyrlym 02-27-2009 07:41 AM

Did you rinse it out before adding it to the tank? If you didn't the fines will be a major problem.

watts300 02-27-2009 10:24 AM

I agree with Tyy as I just experienced it myself.... then subsequently solved the problem in less than one hour.

Read the thread I made called "A couple questions for the 20 gallon I'm putting together."

lowco1 02-27-2009 12:12 PM

The sand said not to rinse it because it is the african cichlid substrate that has some special live water in it.

Tyyrlym 02-27-2009 12:55 PM

Are you going to be keeping African rift lake cichlids?

lowco1 02-27-2009 09:20 PM

The kind that I am getting are mbuna

jen13 02-28-2009 08:45 AM

I used good old fashioned play sand in my African tank (well rinsed and fresh from the store). Eventually the sand will settle, however, keep in mind most cichlids like to rearrange their homes to their liking, which is not always what you have pictured :-? My African tank and my husband's Central/South American tank both have sand in it, and well, we totally wasted our time trying to level it out and make it pretty, the fish had a total different design in mind! Bottom line, with sand and cichlids the majority of the time you will have a nice clean, clear tank, but whenever they decide to do some major renovating the stir it right back up! :lol:

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