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    How do you go about adding substrate to a tank that's already full of water?
    I know that my substrate is rather light (Dennerle nutribasis 6 in 1) and suspect it will try to float off. The instructions say to add the substrate BEFORE adding the water but... hahaha I think I'm a little late for that.

    I also have some gravel which are already in there. My idea was to take my plants, dampen the Dennerle substrate and compress a ball of the damp substrate around the roots. Then put it in the tank and quickly cover it with thegravel to prevent the Dennerle from floating off. It feels a little half-hearted but I'm not too certain of how else to do it.

    My alternative option is to simply mix my substrate with my gravel and leave it at that.

    The tank is still cycling and there's no fish in there yet, and I have no issues with the water looking clouded for however long as long as the substrate eventually stays where it's meant to be - the bottom of the tank!

    What do y'all think?
    Last edited by bubblaroo; 12-17-2017 at 10:52 PM.

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    Use a length of PVC pipe long enough to reach the bottom of the tank. Then add the substrate into the tube via a funnel. Move the PVC around the bottom of the tank to distribute the substrate. The substrate will go through the PVC and get to the bottom of the tank without making a mess of your water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silbar View Post
    Use a length of PVC pipe long enough to reach the bottom of the tank. Then add the substrate into the tube via a funnel. Move the PVC around the bottom of the tank to distribute the substrate. The substrate will go through the PVC and get to the bottom of the tank without making a mess of your water.
    That's actually genius! I'm wondering if the tube from an aquarium cleaning pump would serve the same purpose?
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