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Old 02-22-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Substrate Swap Project

I'm finally going to do it. Can't stand looking at the crushed coral anymore, so today picked up some fine reef sand. I think / hope I know what I'm doing. Anybody with experience please chime in with advice, pointers.

1. Wash sand in bucket of salt water.
2. Have 2 other buckets 1 for fish and coral, other for rock.
3. Vacuum all crushed coral out & 3/4 of water.
4. Clean fish tank.
5. Put sand in a ziplock and turn over at bottom of tank.
6. Put back rock, fish, coral
7. Turn everything back on.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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I used a 2 liter bottle to add my sand.

I filled the bottle up, put my thumb on the opening, and submergered the bottle, and release your thumb.
This allows the sand to come out, and the dirt in the sand will stay floating in the bottle.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #3
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I used a 2 liter bottle to add my sand.

I filled the bottle up, put my thumb on the opening, and submergered the bottle, and release your thumb.
This allows the sand to come out, and the dirt in the sand will stay floating in the bottle.
Wish I would have looked at your post before I did the project. Right now everything is back in tank but the water is pretty cloudy. Is this normal, ok?

What should I look out for next?, should I do a water change tomorrow?
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:19 AM   #4
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Tank survived the night. Cloudiness gone, fish look calm and corals opening up.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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Thats a great looking tank.

I really like your lights, it makes your tank look awesome.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
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Thanks, it's come a long way. The lights are great for a small tank.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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