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Old 09-20-2012, 03:23 PM   #1 
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good idea or dumb idea?

So I have this 29 gallon tank that I was going to move my sorority into but I decided to keep the girls in the 20 and divide the 29 gallon into 3 or 4 barracks for 3-4 more boys.

It's a pretty tall tank so I thought I'd fill it up halfway with sand so that when the tank is filled with water each compartment will be about 6 gallons or more and shallow, better for bettas.

That's a lot of sand, has anyone else done this? Dumb idea or not?
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:48 PM   #2 
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I don't think that much sand in a tank is a good idea. I would be worried about anoxia as well as moving the tank. Why not just only fill it up halfway and then have a lot of emergent growth?
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:55 PM   #3 
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you mean strange gasses stuck in the sand? hmmmmm, not good.

How about filling up with sand half way or so and then installing a glass "cap" on the top to trap the sand and keep it dry. Like a false bottom?

I have to keep thinking about it, that idea would make the tank super heavy!
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #4 
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The deep sand bed shouldn't go bad. Deeper than 4" and you shouldn't have any problems, from what I've heard the gasses only come from organics being trapped in the sand (eg when stirring sand).
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:27 PM   #5 
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I though you only got the gas when you had live plants...

Is the 20G a tall or long? If its a long, I would divide that since its not THAT tall and go with the original plants to move the girls to the 29G
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Well, more likely as the plants cause stuff to decompose.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:43 AM   #7 
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I like Izzy's idea. Emergent plants really oxygenate and keep the water clean. Looks bichin, too.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:39 AM   #8 
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I don't think that much sand in a tank is a good idea. I would be worried about anoxia as well as moving the tank. Why not just only fill it up halfway and then have a lot of emergent growth?
more than 3 inches of sand WILL be lethal at some point.

I try to stay under two.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:23 AM   #9 
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I like Izzy's idea. Emergent plants really oxygenate and keep the water clean. Looks bichin, too.
"bichin" Hal?

Can't do the plant thing, too many cats

Good to know about the sand.

I think I'm going with the false bottom, just need a piece of glass and something to fill the void. Maybe some cake supports........

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Old 09-23-2012, 11:10 AM   #10 
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I've divided a 29 before, not using sand. It works well just don't divide it too much or they will have too much vertical space vs. horizontal space. I would fill the tank all the way, if you have the tank space, why not use it?
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