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Old 02-12-2011, 08:57 AM   #1 
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sand AND gravel mixed? Sand questions

I just got some white sand for my 5 gallon tank and I think it may be too white! I was thinking about mixing in 3 parts sand and 1 part gravel. My gravel is a large size river rocks type.
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Would that make it more difficult to clean?

Also, What is the best way to clean sand without rinsing away half of it, and whats the best way to add it to a tank that is already set up?


whew! sorry for so many questions!
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:09 AM   #2 
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The sand will move to the bottom and the gravel with wind up on top. As for cleaning, to clean sand you have to hover the vacuum over it or you will suck it up.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:18 AM   #3 
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I don't know about the sand but be careful with those rocks. One of my bettas got stuck between them and would've died if I hadn't seen him.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:39 AM   #4 
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maybe get a fun color like purple or pink or green in another sand color to mix up the whiteness?
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:11 PM   #5 
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NEW QUESTION! haha

Ok,rinsed the sand outside..cold..cold..cold..omg..cold..


slowly took out the gravel,added the sand, readded everything back to the tank, added the water clarifier that came with the sand....35 minutes..still cloudy...when should I put Cleo back into his tank?
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:50 PM   #6 
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It will take about a day to clear. I add my fish after an hour or so.
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:51 PM   #7 
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thanks!
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Old 02-12-2011, 12:58 PM   #8 
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I think it would look cool with those rocks on top sorta like a beach effect
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:02 PM   #9 
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for now, I just tossed in a few of the rocks to see what they will do and look like after a week.

So far so good!




(I don't plan on keeping the anubias in pots, but for now I didn't have much to attach them to.)
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so pretty! Now you should get some sort of creature that eats algae (Shrimp, nerite snails, etc) So algae doesn't form on the sand. Trust me, in a salt water tank it is imposible to kill the algae on the sand, when we stir it up a bunch it'll just keep on going and not get killed.

But other than that, beautiful tank!! I love white sand beds, they are just awesome! and the best combo ever with live plants!
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