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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-26-2019, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Divide substrates in established tank.

Hey all, does anyone have any advice on divideing substrates in an established tank! I find lots of articles on scapeing in an empty tank but none in a existing tank. Ideally I'd like to add a sandy beach in the front where you see the lone dwarf lilly. My current substrate is eco complete. This will be my second scape in this well established tank, draining and moving fish will not be an option.
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You are going to need something bendy and waterproof. Corrugated plastic would work.

Cut it into a long thin strip then bend it into the right shape and stick it into your existing substrate. It should follow the outline for your beach. It will likely want to float so you will need to put some rocks on top to hold it down. Then remove substrate by hand from the beach area. Then add your sand to the beach. When done, remove your substrate divider.

I have seen this done with the tank dry. Should work when flooded you just need to be mindful that the divider will want to float.


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If you have a gravel vac, I've found that pulling off the rigid tube from the connector the airline tubing gives you a good way to direct the substrate. Your tank is a lot deeper so it might not be as helpful, but if you hold the tube so the top of it is just above the surface, you can pour your sand into it and keep it directed to where you want it to end up at the bottom, with less worry of making a mess or fish getting caught underneath.
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