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Post by Puffdaddy on Sun 01 Jan 2012, 2:10 am

Hey guys I have 2 20lb bags of sand that I needed to add to my aquarium. But i am scared it might stress out fish. Will it stress out fish and if so is there another way to get sand into tank??

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Re: Question about sand

Post by Yeti on Sun 01 Jan 2012, 3:50 am

I've added sand to tanks and had no problem, I do it day by day though, I will take one of the big red plastic drinks beakers (about a pint I guess), and fill that with sand. Then holding it vertically I slowly put it into the water so the water from the tank soaks the sand (you could just scoop some water out and fill the beaker and sand). Then I slowly move it down to an empty corner of my tank, and very slowly let the sand pour into the corner. I leave that there for 24 hours before slowly spreading it out.
This was done using washed sand, and I never had any "milkiness" or signs of stress. That is in my SW tank.

In my cichlid tank, hell, I would just use the same process but put about 5 beakers in the tank, leave it in a pile and let them scoop and spit away for a day or two.
We will frequently mess with the sand in the Cichlid tanks, where the dominant male has been creating a breeding crater, just to keep him busy and reduce the aggression. Currently I may have to re-tank a Sunshine Peacock male, plus another, as there are a couple of major power battles going on in one 55G tank, in the Mbuna tank I have a Kenyi male that is so dominant that if I put my hand in the water he will attack it, so I may have to move some of the other males from that tank too.
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Re: Question about sand

Post by shhh on Sun 01 Jan 2012, 8:37 am

After I wash my sand real good I use pvc pipe..
Place in water and fill with sand and move it around at a slow pace.
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Re: Question about sand

Post by Puffdaddy on Sun 01 Jan 2012, 4:49 pm

If I am using live sand, is that still ok?

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Re: Question about sand

Post by Siberman on Sun 01 Jan 2012, 6:30 pm

Puffdaddy wrote:If I am using live sand, is that still ok?

Shouldn't be a problem since it's wet. Just do a little at a time . Wink
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