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Old 08-04-2008, 10:35 PM   #11
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Forgot to clarify- I did let all my fish and live rock in the tank during the changeover- the fish just hid on the other side while I was working but they were fine with being in the tank. I didn't take any water out either, I waited until the next day to do a partial water change after I was sure everything had settled.
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I did 1/4 of my tank at the time. My tank was fully stocked. I piled up my LR on one side, and scooped it right out. I actually had CC and sand so I used a strainer to keep the sand. When I added the new rinsed sand, I put the sand in a tupperware bowl and slowly let it sink to the bottom of the tank and slowly poured it out.
I had a few nipped fins but no other damage.
I would also suggest extra PWC be available.
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I like the idea of lowering a tupperware its larger than a cup. Now if I do it in 1/4s the sand will not blend with the crushed coral? My fish are going to love me doing that. I do have a large tube, but I think Ill try the tupperware.
1/2 My battle will be easier just by making the sand wet, which Ive really never done..Its always been in a new tank with nothing in it.

Im going to try doing this..Hopefully by next week when I have the time. I just got a new kitten that needs all my spare time, (nevermind the kids!)
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Just lower the sand into the tank, trust me, it will get wet. It is definitely better if you rinse the sand a few time to remove the smaller particles.
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Im going to try doing this..Hopefully by next week when I have the time. I just got a new kitten that needs all my spare time, (nevermind the kids!)
Good luck. I hope all goes well.
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Thanx! I keep very busy with all of these animals, and SW tanks I have going.

So, I can siphon up the CC instead of scooping it out, by the time Im done with all the CC is all my water going to be gone? I think doing it 1/4 at a time is a great idea. I dont have much CC in there though..just a FINE layer on the whole bottom..

I did just move this tank afew months ago.
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