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How to add 25 lbs of sand to existing tank

I have a 55 I want to add another 20-25 lbs of sand too. Would I do best to move everyone out to do this or just take the time and slowly add it cup by cup?
I have 8 rainbows, 15 cardinals, 1 cory, 1 goby,

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I have never added sand to an existing set-up but I have added 20lbs of fluorite to my 90 gallon. It just did it during a water change, slowly, a large scoop at a time. Figured it was WAY less trouble than moving anyone out.

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I added about 25lbs of sand to my 55 with the fish in it during a water change. I removed about 90% of the water and used a cup to distribute the wet, rinsed sand throughout the tank. No tank cloudiness and no other problems. Go for it.


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tuffogng, sounds like a good way to do it. I didn't think about getting it wet first, that would definitely help too!

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I used a pitcher full of gravel and lowered into the water close to the gravel and poured it into the areas i needed it. I even had shrimp in the tank.
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I have heard of people adding substrate to a full tank by using plastic bags... like a big ziplock bag.... pour the dry substrate in there... then put it in the water and let some water in... then you can lower it down to the bottom and distribute the substrate..


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