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i was finally able to find some play sand. it is very very fine. i hope that is ok. i am not sure what play sand is supposed to be like. haha!

right now i have plain old gravel in my betta 10 gallon. i want to switch it for the play sand.

i have fertilizer sticks under the gravel and i plan to put them back under the sand. will this cause problems when i move the things around? the sticks are in plastic holders. i don't know they are like now, hopefully i will be able to take them out ok.

i am planning to take the betta out and put him in a bucket with tank water and the filter running on the side.

i am not going to take any more water out. i am going to scoop out all the gravel and put it in my 20 gallon. is this a good idea? should i wash it first? i don't want to kill the good bacteria on the gravel but i also don't want to bring ammonia or other things over to the 20 with my new fish/shrimp in it.

about the other tank. i would like to add the gravel to my 20. i have 7 blue tetras in there and 6 shrimps (5 amanos and a mystery shrimp). i just put the shrimp and tetras in there yesterday. can i just add the gravel or will this cause problems for the inhabitants? can i even do this at all? will moving the gravel around like that cause a ammonia spike?

i am going to put the sand in and bury the fertilizer sticks again. i meant to get more yesterday at the lfs but i forgot and now i don't know when i will get back to town so these ones will have to do for now. i only got them a few months ago and they are supposed to last almost a year.

do i need to wash the sand first? i am worried about washing it because it is very fine. i could put it in a bucket and rinse it but i don't know how much will rinse down the drain!

if i put the sand in the tank how long should i wait until i put the betta back in?

and, please feel free to add anything else i need to know

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Yes I would rinse playsand extensively. You will lose quite a bit of the light stuff, but better lose it now than have to rinse it out of your filter later.

I'd rinse it several times until the water looks clear in the bucket, then add it to the tank. Add the betta back to the tank after everything settles.

I've added gravel directly to tanks before but I probably would be very careful if you have inverts because you dont want to smash them.


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i was finally able to find some play sand. it is very very fine. i hope that is ok. i am not sure what play sand is supposed to be like. haha!

right now i have plain old gravel in my betta 10 gallon. i want to switch it for the play sand.

i have fertilizer sticks under the gravel and i plan to put them back under the sand. will this cause problems when i move the things around?
Yes it may.the sticks are in plastic holders. i don't know they are like now, hopefully i will be able to take them out ok.

i am planning to take the betta out and put him in a bucket with tank water and the filter running on the side.
Very good idea

i am not going to take any more water out. i am going to scoop out all the gravel and put it in my 20 gallon. is this a good idea? should i wash it first? i don't want to kill the good bacteria on the gravel but i also don't want to bring ammonia or other things over to the 20 with my new fish/shrimp in it.
Not if there's plant fert tabs in there disolving into mush. I'd rinse it first.

about the other tank. i would like to add the gravel to my 20. i have 7 blue tetras in there and 6 shrimps (5 amanos and a mystery shrimp). i just put the shrimp and tetras in there yesterday. can i just add the gravel or will this cause problems for the inhabitants? can i even do this at all? will moving the gravel around like that cause a ammonia spike?
I'v done this before and the fish were fine, no spikes.

i am going to put the sand in and bury the fertilizer sticks again. i meant to get more yesterday at the lfs but i forgot and now i don't know when i will get back to town so these ones will have to do for now. i only got them a few months ago and they are supposed to last almost a year.
Be very careful with fert sticks not meant for an aquarium. Your best bet is to use Seachem Flourish root tabs.

do i need to wash the sand first? i am worried about washing it because it is very fine. i could put it in a bucket and rinse it but i don't know how much will rinse down the drain!
Yes. Play sand has silica dust and you don't want in the tank. If your careful then very little will go down the drain. Just keep rinsing until clear and dump only dirty water.

if i put the sand in the tank how long should i wait until i put the betta back in?
Depends. If the water is clear then right away. If not, let it settle and when the water is clear put him back in. Keep filter running.

and, please feel free to add anything else i need to know

thanks!
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thanks for the help guys! thank you for replying so quickly!

the fertilizer sticks are nutrafin plant gro sticks. they are all my lfs has. they only carry nutrafin. i was just thinking that i should order some better ones on line. my plants are growing very well, though.
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As long as they're aquarium safe. Aquarium plants use different nutrients than land based plants. I've had bad experiences with land plant ferts in the tank myself.
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nutrafin products are made for aquariums.
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Ok, thanks for informing me. Good to know.
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