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Thread: Adding Sand

  1. Default Adding Sand


    0 Not allowed!
    Ok, I added a couple of Emerald Cories to my cory herd. But I noticed that one of my older cories had missing barbels. I read up, tested my water and came to the conclusion that my gravel was the prime suspect. And yep, I used the liquid API tests. I removed some of the gravel, but not all. And I realize bit by bit the sand will filter into the gravel. This was a 'quick fix'.

    Can I add more sand without having to remove all my fish again? and my 'plan' is to use a fish net to 'gently' scoop up sand and gravel and let the sand sink, and remove the gravel. Will adding sand or working with the current sand injure my fish?

    Thanks

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    It won't hurt the fish, but it might be easier to take them out of the tank first.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

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    0 Not allowed!
    I add sand all the time to my tanks with fish; I just hyper rinse the sand, and add a bowl full at the tank bottom at a time. This really prevents most clouding (which could wear down a filter motor implier but woun't harm fish.)

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    0 Not allowed!
    one never wants to put new substrate on top of mature substrate because doing so can mess up the beneficial bacteria in the substrate and mess with the chemistry of your tank and water and also cause the substrate to go anaerobic, which can cause dangerous gasses to seep into your tank and harm fish. sifting through as you are doing will keep it aerobic but also stir a lot of nutrients from the gravel into your water column which could cause an algae bloom.

    when i switched my tank from aquarium gravel to sand i took all the gravel out, save the one or two little bits i couldnt get and put sand in, i lost a lot of benficial bacteria but the fish i had were pretty hardy but its still a risk as the bacteria that was available was in concert with the available bio-load produced by the fish, one take that beneficial bacteria away and still have the same amount of bio load it can throw things out of whack.

    i'd be interested to know how it goes the way you are currently doing it and if you have any fish loss or algae blooms.

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    0 Not allowed!
    We will see when we get home tomorrow. I pulled out a considerable amount of gravel, and went to town vacuuming the rest. I didn't want to start with dirty gravel and water.

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