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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Need some solid advice

Hi there!

Im trying to change my aquascape of the aquarium and was thinkin about having a little "road" of sand between two heaps of gravel (one on either side). My only question is: How can i put the sand in my tank, when it has water in it? I already have an established tank with residents; if i try to pour sand like ive pictured, it just disperse everywhere in the water and its gonna settle everywhere.Im new at the whole scaping project and want to get right on it. How do i tackle this problem easily? All ideas are appreciated!

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If the sand has just finished rinsing, you can then place it in a ziplock bag, cut one of the corners, and then pipe it underwater near the location you want the sand in to minimize dispersion. Just make sure that the bag allows water to flow into it through the top. Good luck.
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or pour from a plastic container that you submerge and tip near bottom
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Turn off the filtration, remove water for a change so the water level is dropped.

Small diameter clear plastic tube with a funnel in the top end. Keep it close to the current substrate and go slowly. You can be very accurate with this.

Top off from the water change.
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Turn off the filtration, remove water for a change so the water level is dropped.

Small diameter clear plastic tube with a funnel in the top end. Keep it close to the current substrate and go slowly. You can be very accurate with this.

Top off from the water change.
Try a new transmission funnel.
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Ugh, if you are going to try to make a pattern in the sand I would not try to do it with water in the tank. Sure it MIGHT turn out ok, but more likely it will just be a mess and you will have to empty the tank anyway!

That is just my opinion though.
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Ugh, if you are going to try to make a pattern in the sand I would not try to do it with water in the tank. Sure it MIGHT turn out ok, but more likely it will just be a mess and you will have to empty the tank anyway!

That is just my opinion though.
I would have to agree as without providing some sort of barrier between the sand and gravel, the two substrates are just going to mix. I did this same thing but before I set up the tank, I cut plastic dividers and used aquarium silicone to glue them to the bottom. At one point I did have to add more sand because I didn't initially fill it up enough and I did it by filling up a jar and lowering it to the substrate, then tipping it over. Using the tall funnel seems much more effective though.

You could also use larger rocks to create the barrier. While this is not as effective as a solid divider, it will allow you to do it without any silicone and it won't need to be hidden because it would be part of your aquascape.
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