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Old 04-20-2006, 07:57 PM   #1
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deep sand bed

ive read all this info on deep sand beds and its benefits.... my question is this: i have about 1-2" and am wondering how to safely add more (ive got about 30 lbs now and would like to add more)... do i just use the pvc pipe technique to add more and at a limited interval (say 5-10 lbs at a time during water changes)??? TIA
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Yes do the "PVC thing" but I would only put sand in 1/3 of the tank at a time. Give a week or two to let the bacteria "migrate" and then add to another part of the tank.
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thank you, one more thing, ive got 30 lbs of hirocks coming should i do it before or after i add it to the tank?
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I would just add it when you get it. If anything it will just give the bacteria a better "foot hold" prior to being covered with sand. One thing to consider is if you have sand sifting fish. You do not want a lot of sand under your rock as they can cause it to fall. Especially engineer gobies etc. Make sure you wash the rock good. It will make your water cloudy.
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Raising your rocks with PVC will keep burrowing fish from crashing them down.
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