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So originally said I wasn't going to deal with clanging the substrate.... I lied, going to pick up some white sand next week. my question is how is going to be the easiest way to change it out without tearing down the tank. not to worried about the bacteria as my Sump should be more then able to handle the ammonia without causing to much of an upset. Here is my plan of action...

get new sand in, take a couple evenings to "clean/ rinse the dust off"

Then the evening I am ready to change out the substrate, up root all the plants, use a hose to siphon out the old substrate, possibly scoop out some using like a Childs sand shovel, fill up an old pillow case with the new sand lower into the water then open and spread sand over bottom, repeat until desired depth is reached, replant plants. I will leave the drift wood in place, do you think this will work?


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Yes, that should work just fine.
All your activity however, will no doubt stress your fish pretty well, so be as slow & careful with your change-up as you can.
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Yes, that should work just fine.
All your activity however, will no doubt stress your fish pretty well, so be as slow & careful with your change-up as you can.
yea hopefully get it done quickly and not over stress them

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I would do sections over a few days, maybe 1/3 at a time. Syphon off the the Black Diamond. Use the large clear syphon plastic cylinder and a funnel to add the new white sand. Keep the plastic cylinder just above the dirt and go very slowly.
If you go slow you should not make a royal mess of it all.

I think removing the whole cap at once is really pushing your luck.

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Why black sand as opposed to white sand?? What is your reasoning for changing. It might very well be in another thread somewhere so sorry for making you re answer if that is the case.
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Two reasons... I have this bad habit of not leaving things alone lol and secondly due to keeping discus in the tank, light colored substrate keeps them from darkening and makes their color more vibrant.

Dogfish I hope you meant by sections I wouldn't make a huge mess, could you elaborate a little more on what your talking about? sections at a time May be better... Also I don't have a cap just solid black diamond currently

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Oh I misunderstood. I thought you were talking a Black Diamond CAP off of MTS. Now, I feel double stupid as I should have known you only had sand as you tested my Caps in that tank.

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Oh I misunderstood. I thought you were talking a Black Diamond CAP off of MTS. Now, I feel double stupid as I should have known you only had sand as you tested my Caps in that tank.

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