Disrupted sand cap during water change... - The Planted Tank Forum
  • 2 Post By tuffgong
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
noseprint's Avatar
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 300
Disrupted sand cap during water change...

Hi y'all.
I was doing a 75% water change, which I do every couple months, and when pouring the water back I was careless and created a huge hole in my sand and disrupted all of the dirt underneath. My tank is now pretty cloudy, clearing up as the mud settles, but my fish are freaking out and my Monte Carlo carpet dislodged itself.
Anyway, do I need to buy new sand to cover up the spot I disrupted? I'm worried about mixing the sand and leftover mud up together by just pushing it back to where it was, making it prone to more mud whenever I change plant locations, etc.
noseprint is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015, 02:21 PM
Wannabe Guru
tuffgong's Avatar
PTrader: (40/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: DC/MD/VA
Posts: 1,527
I've done this before. To fix it I filled a cup with sand and gently lowered it in the water. Once it was about a half inch from the bare spot I slowly poured the sand out onto the spot. This prevented additional dirt from spreading and covered the bare spot without making more of a mess. It's pretty much impossible to get any of the dirt that came out to go back in the hole. Good Luck!
BigXor and BigXor like this.
tuffgong is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-13-2015, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Obsessed
noseprint's Avatar
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 300
thanks! I ended up doing a similar thing. Lots of mess still, though, mostly the laterite scattered everywhere.
noseprint is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome