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Old 07-26-2006, 10:49 AM   #1
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is there a trick to avoiding a sand storm

So I wanted to fill my new tank then add sand and lastly rock. Now I am thinking of sand first then water. CAn anyone give me pros and cons of both. I am going to cycle the tank with LR.

If I do water first then add sand what is the best way to go about that. Just dump it in.??

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I put my sand in a bowl, let it fill up with water then rest on the bottom and let it spill out. Others use a PVC pipe and pour the sand in that way. I wouldn't worry about a sand storm, since you are cyclling your tank. It shouldn't bother anything. I would go, water, sand and then LR....I would wait for other's opinions, first. They might have an easier way.
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really any way u do it sand will spread throughout your tank, for me water then sand keeps it a little bit less of a mess but it will go down after awhile without harming anything.
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I placed water then sand ull have a sandstorm for about an hour then it should settle on the bottom. Even out the sand with ur hand since ur tank is cycling then place the rock.
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You can put the sand in first then add the water. To minimize the sand storm put a large bowl on the bottom and pour the water into it and let it over flow onto the sand. HTH.
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I'm gonna try water first then sand and hope for the best. I will get my water and sand in there then let things settle down then order my rock for the cycle. Should work out great.
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IMO it doesn't make any difference which goes in first.

I put in my live sand first - then I put a heavy rock on the sand - then placed a plastic spahgetti strainer on the rock. All the water was poured into the strainer which diffused its entry.

RESULTS: Got sandstorm anyway. Who cares. It was 90% settled overnight.
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I put in water...then rock then sand....I wanted the rock solid on the bottom so my sand sifter gobie wouldn't cause a collapse! He is a digger.
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My plan now is to put in water - then live sand - then if I can after things settle down get my rock, reach in and dig a little hole or space place rock in and push sand in around the rock.

I am thinking if I put rock in first then sand around to secure it that I will get sand settle in all the little crevicesof my rock.

I think are are 100 ways I could do it I'll try this out and if it stinks I'll make a mental note. Because it will be months before I put a fish in I think I have lots of room for mistakes
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Turkey basters work great for getting the sand out of those crevices. I got cheap base rock and put it in immediately before I put my sand in. Then I later added the lr on top of the base rock to build on. I did have a sand storm, but it was completely clear after 3 or 4 days. HTH
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