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adding aquarium sand to gravel?

Hi guys, I have a 45 gal planted tank with a horrible blue gravel but all is growing. My Q is would I be able to add a layer of black aquarium sand on top of the blue gravel? I use root tabs so fert is not an issue. I don't want to rescape or uproot anything. I also for the life of me could not catch any tropical fish without ruining my scape so I just have to work around them. Now I plan to use a turkey baster to slowly lay the sand in. What do you guys think? will this work??
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I did the exact same thing, had a gravel bed that was well established with all that gross fishy goodness. I just topped it with sand, haven't had a problem 1.5 years later.
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You can add the sand in, but eventually, it will settle to the bottom of the aquarium, exposing the blue gravel again.

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You can add the sand in, but eventually, it will settle to the bottom of the aquarium, exposing the blue gravel again.
oh ok, so the trick is add more sand than gravel??
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oh ok, so the trick is add more sand than gravel??
No, because no matter how much sand you add, it will always settle through the gravel. However, you could add the sand and let it settle, then pull the gravel out manually as it appears on top of the sand. Time consuming and tedious, but with patience, it just might work.

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Re: adding aquarium sand to gravel?

Okay, new idea...kitty litter scoop. Obviously use a new/clean one, but once the sand is in, you should be able to scoop the gravel out as long as you work slowly. Then you don't have to wait for the sand to settle.

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Okay, new idea...kitty litter scoop. Obviously use a new/clean one, but once the sand is in, you should be able to scoop the gravel out as long as you work slowly. Then you don't have to wait for the sand to settle.

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To be honest, I would rather spend the time catching fish rather than trying to sift through all the substrate with a kitty litter scooper...

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You can add the sand in, but eventually, it will settle to the bottom of the aquarium, exposing the blue gravel again.
The key word here is EVENTUALLY. Unless you want to do a complete rescape and pull all that gravel out it doesn't make much sense to me to worry about it. It's going to take a while for the blue gravel to re-appear, in my case it hasn't happened yet. When it finally does start to show through I'm pretty sure I'll be ready for a complete tear down and do over.
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To be honest, I would rather spend the time catching fish rather than trying to sift through all the substrate with a kitty litter scooper...
This depends on the size of the tank. On my 125...yeah, on any of my 10g..no biggie.

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