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Geo 02-20-2004 06:44 AM

I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with adding sand to an already semi-established aquarium. I'm looking to add a half bag to a bag of the sand over a period of time as it'll no doubt settle into the eco-complete. I'm wanting to do this to help with finer plant roots (as a lot of the EC has sifted already and I have nothing but big peices of gravel on the top) and I think my pygmy cories would enjoy it a little more as well.

It'll also just look better, IMO. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this (I think I remember Buck doing this...) and if you guys have any hints for washing and actually putting it into the aquarium.

Thanks a lot! :D

GulfCoastAquarian 02-20-2004 12:53 PM

I've done it a few times. Nothing unusual. Like you said - rinse it out in a bucket and add it to the tank already wet (to prevent air bubbles). I took it out of the bucket cupful by cupful, immersed in water, and then put the cup at the bottom of the tank and released the sand there so it wouldn't have to travel the entire length of the water column and cloud the water.

SNPiccolo5 02-22-2004 02:46 AM

I also did this for the exact reasons you did, to help with finer-rooted plants! I am really happy I did too, b/c the tank look a lot better too. GulfCoast covered pretty much everything, just make sure to rinse!


Daemonfly 02-22-2004 03:56 AM

Turning off your filter when you go to pour the sand in can also help it settle more quickly.

Geo 02-22-2004 04:20 AM

Sounds great! Everything will be arriving this week :D

On a side note, anyone use flourite and moon sand? I'm thinking about a flourite base with moon sand on top for my 2.5 gallon that I am setting up.

SNPiccolo5 02-22-2004 01:36 PM

That is what I have, flourite with moon sand on top. Some of the flourite has moved up (or the moon sand has moved down) and rests on the top, but it looks fine.


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