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Old 01-09-2015, 07:54 AM   #11
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Yeah that'd take the fun out of just about everything. Woof. But hey, you saved the fish right?

Was it cracked on the bottom?


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Old 01-09-2015, 08:01 AM   #12
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Yeah that'd take the fun out of just about everything. Woof. But hey, you saved the fish right?

Was it cracked on the bottom?


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It's happens a couple times, lost one barb (netted to hard) and ultimately my male apisto never recovered from the stress of the 2nd. time, he was almost a year old.. bummer there.. all's well now..

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Old 01-09-2015, 03:38 PM   #13
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I think the key to making it easy is planning out what you're doing. To be honest it took me less then an hour to do a 10gal. I just had an idea on what I wanted to do, was a smooth operation the only problem I'm now facing is the water has turned tea colored which I'm guessing maybe from the sand releasing something...
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Is it debris from the sand maybe?

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Is it debris from the sand maybe?

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Maybe sorry I just posted a really long rant slash post about this. Don't want to steal the spotlight of the thread.
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I read it. Probably not the debris since you washed the sand.

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I read it. Probably not the debris since you washed the sand.

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Which is what has me baffled. I washed it till it was clear in the bucket with the hose. I'm pretty sure the sand is from one of the local sand quarry's near me. There are heaps on the river that I live on, and the store is a local private one.

When I washed it, it was originally a dark rustic orange. I still think it's something being released from the sand though. I'll just try and water change it out as you would with tannins from drift wood.
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Good luck rad!
I switched last year from gravel to PFS in my 55, it took a couple of hours and I enlisted help which made it go much faster.
I had a cooler for my smaller fish (rainbows, tetra, swordtail, cories) and a 5 gal bucket for my silver dollars, plus a bucket for my decorations to keep them wet.
What a freaking mulm storm that was, it was absolutely disgusting (which was the reason I switched in the first place).
Fish out
Water drained (left a little in there)
Gravel scooped and then when it got towards the end, siphoned with a big tube
Tank wiped down with a vinegar/water solution, rinsed a few times, rinsed 50 lbs of sand in 5g buckets in the tub, put it in, filled with clean water, and then put the decor then fish back in and kept the lights off for a while.
It was nerve wracking and my fish were stressed, but overall I'm super happy I did it, it looks so much nicer and it's clean.
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