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Old 07-25-2014, 02:01 PM   #11
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Oh, and I do have a shop vac and I made 20 gallons do water, though I know I won't need that much. The tank is only 28 gallons.



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I had a 30 gallon tank and I sucked up all the old sand to get rid of dino's. It took 2 water changes and I was back to bare bottom. I then bought new sand and using a small bowl I would slowly submerge it (half filled with sand) and gently tip it when I was at the bottom of the tank. Didn't make much mess and I replaced my entire sand bed. Thats an option too if your 2 year old sand is really gunky but just remember you're going to be stiring stuff into the water so be prepared to change a lot of water out...
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Ok. No prob. I will get it done. Hopefully.


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You can also use a length of PVC pipe and a funnel. Put the PVC in down to the bottom and then slowly pour the sand in the top. Works really well.


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Ok, thank you. Sounds like I will need help to hold the PVC, funnel, put the sand in the funnel and direct it in the right place.


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I would also add small amounts of new sand to cover the old, just to keep whatever life is in the sand alive, and to give the critters time to move upwards towards the surface. As for the nassarius snails, they don't need sand to hide in, they just prefer it. I've seen them in bare bottom tanks on occasion. While I wouldn't say it's an ideal situation, they didn't die.
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I didn't know that about Nass snails. I won't worry so much. But I will put a little sand at a time.


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