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Best way to remove old substrate?

Currently have black diamond and going to swap with white sand

What's the best way to get the black diamond out? gravel Vac just doesn't create enough suction to really lift much out, any ideas?

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Instead of a gravel vac, use a perhaps 1/2" hose, that should suck it out.

Assuming you are relocating your fish during the ordeal, you could just drain the tank and use a cup to scrape it all out. Preferably without scratching the glass.


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Well, Captain Obvious says drain the tank and scoop it out, lol.

Short of that, maybe just try a straight up garden hose...

That's a tough one without breaking down the tank bro.




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Lol, not tearing the tank down. wanted to make this as hard on myself as I could!

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I found out accidentally that a short length of 1/2" hose (as mentioned above) works great to remove sand!

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I found out accidentally that a short length of 1/2" hose (as mentioned above) works great to remove sand!
got some hose! how short a length we talking?

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got some hose! how short a length we talking?

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Mine is 3-4 feet. I can't say if longer or shorter will work, but 3 or 4 feet works for sure!

I found this out by removing the gravel vacuum attachment from my hose because I couldn't get in behind a piece of driftwood. Not only did it suck debris up, but all of the sand in that corner!

My understanding is that the small diameter creates more suction?

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yup smaller the diamater the stronger the suction is, just basic physics..truthfully it doesn't really matter how 'long' the hose is for say, because if the hose is longer and hanging straight down thats just more water weight to build up the siphion/suction..
+1 for that works good!
Took my flourite black sand outa my tank on accident, and even with a normal siphion attachment on, it still takes some out...i'd prolly vaccum it before you do that just to prevent debris from getting stired [email protected] thats just my 2cents for this one..


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