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01-31-2009 11:25 AM
medicineman What I usually did for sand gravel :

Siphon out the top layer. Vacuum if necessary (usually debris may accumulate)
Place new clean sand over (if I have any unused stock) up to normal level or clean the siphoned sand in bleach (usually for several hours), wash well, rinse and put it back on top.
01-28-2009 12:19 AM
Blown 346 With a new tank it will go thru a diatom alge fase.(brown dusting of algae) Thsi is normal. Just stir the sand up gently with your hand. The diatoms will go away after a few weeks once the bacteria level builds up.
01-27-2009 11:11 PM
twychopen No, it just covered the sand. I just think that I will have too much light to have white sand in my new tank.
01-27-2009 07:53 PM
Originally Posted by twychopen View Post
waterfaller, any idea of y not?
Do you know what kind of algae it was? It wasn't just at the edge of the glass? Or BGA? The glass can easily be cleaned, and BGA I have only gotten once or twice, but I quickly remedied the situation. I am pretty much a "go after the source of the problem" kind of person. If I did get algae on my sand, it wouldn't stay there for long.
01-27-2009 05:53 PM
twychopen waterfaller, any idea of y not?
01-27-2009 05:18 PM
waterfaller1 I never get algae on my sand..plants yes, sand no..
I have had it in several tanks..
01-27-2009 04:03 PM
customdrumfinishes i use a meauring cup with sand in it. slowly put the cup into water thens slowly pour where i need it.
01-26-2009 04:33 AM
twychopen It is sounding less cool to try every post Thanks for all the help everybody. We will c what happens.

I wanted to put it inbetween the rocks in the opening on the left. Here is my new tank and journal.
01-26-2009 02:21 AM
imeridian In terms of how you do it, put the sand into a ziplock bag, seal it mostly except for one end so it is like a pastry bag, you can then pour the sand out carefully underwater.
01-26-2009 02:17 AM
Blown 346 To add new sand you dont want to add it all at once. By doing so you will smother bacteria and can casue a cycle.

Add in small batches, do a quarter of the tank once a week. Then another wuarter the next week. It should take 4 weeks to add a new layer of sand in the whole tank.
01-25-2009 11:44 PM
plantbrain I just move the sand around every week or two some.
If you design complex layouts with it, well....then that's your own fault to try and maintain something that is difficult to tend without making a mess etc.

Here's how you avoid some issues:
Add moss stones etc in there for now, or rocks that block all the light, this way not much can grow under that. Then remove and get the picture etc, add the sand at the last minute, or as some have stated: siphon it off and add fresh.

If you have low glass algae, you should also have low sand algae also.

Tom Barr
01-25-2009 11:12 PM
MikeP_123 I have 2 small otos and they try to keep the sand clean but the algea spreads so quick and thick, Im just going to siphon. Any tips on how to put new sand in an already filled tank?
01-25-2009 03:46 AM
twychopen Do algae eaters tend to spend time cleaning the sand?
01-24-2009 10:59 PM
Blown 346 I agree^^^. Or just stir the sand up weekly with your hand gently.
01-24-2009 06:19 PM
imeridian Siphon off the sand periodically. You can also rest assured that the sand is new in any photos for competition.
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