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Old 06-17-2005, 01:09 AM   #1
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Add in sand into 6 month old tank

I want to add sand to my tank, my tank is already running for about 6 month. In the tank I have about 1in sand, to add another 2” sand. How do I do that, just add in or I have to do something. The sand I buy is a dead sand, it is for saltwater tank, like sugar the color and size.
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:58 AM   #2
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I would rinse it first with the water from your next water change.
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Old 06-17-2005, 08:29 AM   #3
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Use a length of pvc pipe and pour the sand in through it. This gives you the ability to aim the sand where you want it as well as limiting the sand storm that it's gonna cause. The tank will get murky for a while but, it's nothing to fret about.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:56 AM   #4
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I'd like to add some more sand too. Will the sandstorm hurt 5 chromis in a 55 gallon using the PVC method? TIA
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:30 AM   #5
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No, it shouldn't bother the fish much. Just be sure to add it slowly to limit the storm.
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:37 PM   #6
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Thanks Fluff Should I have my filter or my PH on when adding the sand?
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The Coral: zoos, kenya trees, shrooms, leathers, hammer, and star polyps
The Inverts: LT anemone, pistol shrimp, urchins, etc.
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Yes, the filters and ph's will help clear your water quicker. If you don't have the intakes covered already, you might want to put some sponges on them or even a nylon stocking to keep any larger sand particles from getting in.
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wont powerheads stir up the water?
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:42 PM   #9
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They move the water, yes. Which actually helps to settle the sand quicker.
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oh... it doesnt make sense to me...
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