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Old 12-11-2011, 05:57 PM   #31
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I did PFS for my 65g planted tank and so far all of my low lights plant have really liked it. They've all grown a lot and begun rooting all over the place. Having fish in there will increase the fertility of the sand, too, with the waste. I haven't had any problem with the sand damaging my filter yet.
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Hi! Recently I added 50lbs of sand to my tank after rinsing it thoroughly with a pillow case.

After I added the sand in the tank slowly, it began to become very cloudy with the sand in the top roaming.

I was just wondering what is the best way to get the sand to settle down, currently my emperor 400 is off so the sand will not clog and break the impeller. Should I turn my air pump on? Suggestions please.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:10 PM   #33
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Yes I would definitely turn your air pump on the clouded water will become clear soon
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Yes I would recommend turning your air pump on and the water should become clear soon
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Yes I would recommend turning your air pump on and the water should become clear soon
Thanks! I waited two days and my water is still a bit cloudy. Did a 50% pwc and still a bit cloudy. So I decided to turn on my filter but wrapped it in stockings to prevent the sand from destroying my impellers clearing up pretty fast!
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:26 AM   #36
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Not sure if anyone mentioned but malaysian trumpet snails or assassin snails or a few other sorts of snails can stir the sand so gas pockets don't form. Cheap fast breeding burrowing snails would be a good snack for your puffer too.
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Not sure if anyone mentioned but malaysian trumpet snails or assassin snails or a few other sorts of snails can stir the sand so gas pockets don't form. Cheap fast breeding burrowing snails would be a good snack for your puffer too.
I purchased 14 MTS for a $1 hoping they'll breed soon so I don't need to buy more. I see a few the same spot where I left them two days ago. I hope the rest is sifting my sand!
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