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post #45561 of 71165 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 11:19 PM
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I would take out the fish and other aquatic life you have in your tank before adding more sand.

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Olympia, haha, I'll try to get better pics of him. I really want to redo his tank and make it look nicer, even though when he swims through he's like a bulldozer knocking over plants.

Bekah, my suggestion is drain the water to about 4 inches and then carefully pour in new sand. The best way would be to remove everyone and everything and then add the sand but you can add sand with water in too. Just be sure to turn off your filter as you'll churn up a lot of sand and sand in the filter equals dead filter.

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i guess if i plan pretty well i can find spots for all the fish and snails (except the trumpets, not sure how i'd get all them out), drain the tank, and add more sand. I should probably make sure i have all the sand i need first though x3

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Not to mention the filter will sound like you dumped a load of boulders into it.

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Never had any problems like that, not with filter, not with shrimp (no fish were in back then). The new sand settled immediately after putting it in a full tank. It was the weirdest thing ever.

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The trumpets will be fine in there. If they get covered, they'll just burrow back out. The glory of trumpets.
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post #45567 of 71165 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 11:26 PM
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i first put my sand in the tank in the morning before i picked up my original 10 danios to cycle the tank. i was gone for like four hours before i got home, with fish that i wanted to get in straight away, and the tank was soooooooooooo cloudy! i had to drain it and like, put foil over the sand and then refill it carefully

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post #45568 of 71165 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 11:37 PM
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wash your sand till its clean, some sand, depending on color and maker can take like hours to get clean. Uck.. and you know what they say, put a flat hard surface down first to pour the water on, but really, i dont think you need that if you go slow. I pour my water in one spot and it makes a hole in the sand and i just leave it.

George finds the hole very interesting.

ANd the water will get cloudy, true but your filter should clean it out pretty quickly.

Black sands i think are the ones that need hours of cleaning.

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yeah i use play sand. it doesn't take too long to come clean.

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Thank you Sakura!!! that was really fast too. Here are lots of 'hugs', just for you!
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