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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-06-2015, 02:44 AM Thread Starter
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Sand?

Im setting up a new tank that is going to be dirted. I was wondering if when I add the sand does the sand have to be already wet or can I just pour it over the dirt dry?

Also before I cap the dirt what consitency should it have?

Finaly i know its not a substrate question but after I get the tank running how often should I change the water as its cycling to get rid of the excess nutrients and amonia.

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The dirt should have a tick paste type texture. It should be wet enought to spread well but not too liquid so that the sand does not sink in under the dirt.

For the sand, I suppose you rinsed it thoroughly. So it should be wet.

Then I like to add water just enough to be pretty flush to the sand surface. Then plant.

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Ty for your answers. As for the sand im going to wash it but not sure if the tank will be set up the same day so it will probably dry out. When I need it could I just dump it over the dirt dry or does it have to be wet?
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Well I don't think it really matters. But it will take a while to dry out completely unless you spread it. My personal preference is wet.

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ok. ty
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