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Old 04-12-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Right now i have gravel in my 20 gallon, i wanted to switch to sand for my plants and it would look cooler. What sand should i switch to and how do i do the switch? Tips?

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Old 04-12-2012, 01:39 PM   #2
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Well, I've heard that you can use play sand, but I use aquarium sand that they sell at petco. How you change from sand to gravel is you empty the tank, take the gravel out and put the sand in and fill with water. Also don't put fish in the tank till the water has cleared.
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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Well, I've heard that you can use play sand, but I use aquarium sand that they sell at petco. How you change from sand to gravel is you empty the tank, take the gravel out and put the sand in and fill with water. Also don't put fish in the tank till the water has cleared.
How long does it generally take for a tank to clear out?
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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From 4-24 hours. You could probably put fish in after four hours, but the water will look cloudy for a while after.
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Ok thanks. Whats the difference between sand at your local petsmart/petco and play sand?
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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the petco sand is much finer and in my opinion, looks better.
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just be careful about getting deadly gas pockets that form in the sand..will kill everything in the tank in a heartbeat...
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Are you joking? I've never heard of that.
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It can happen but I've never experienced it myself. If you keep a thin layer of sand and have bottom dwellers that sift through the sand, like corydoras, then you'll be fine.
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if you are planting a tank with a sand substrate the sand needs to be 2-3" deep...Malaysian Trumpet Snails will help to prevent the gas pockets from forming..i know of this and i have experienced it..
with something as deadly as this ; i do not joke...you have much to learn yet bettahopper..
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Oh really? The snails can help? Man, I hate that there's so many but maybe I'll just leave them be...
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Would mystery snails do the trick? They're easier to get.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #13
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no...mystery snails will not help...MTS are the only snails that i know of that live in the substrate and will aerate it so the gas pockets do not form...
check with arch aquatics here on FF...i am pretty sure he sells them...
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Loha is right, in areas of the sand that does not get oxygenated water, anerobic bacteria start to grow, the by product is hydrogen sulfide gas. That's what gives some tanks that "rotton egg" smell.
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If you don't want to buy snails. There are other ways of trying to keep the gas from forming. I have sand and what I do is use the handle of the fish net and just roll that through the sand to "cycle" the sand and just sift it around some. I do it just every water change or so.
Another word of advise, wash the sand before you put it into the aquarium. To do this, I put some sand in a five gallon bucket. Take a hose and spray the sand. Some of the really fine sand will be lost in this process, which is typically going to be okay because that sand is more likely to get in your filter or take longer to settle. It's a little more work isntead of just pouring the sand into your tank but it's easy to do and well worth it.
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