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Old 06-11-2004, 12:07 AM   #1
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What first, sand or water?

What's your preference for starting out? Do you add the sand first and then the water or the water and then the sand? Also, do you think it is better, with an empty tank, to mix the salt in the tank or in a bucket as you go?

I read one post that you put the sand first and cover it with a plastic sheet or bag of some sort and then pour the water into a bowl placed on top of the sand as to keep from knocking the plastic off. Has anyone tried this method, and if so, how did it work?
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I used to be very careful adding water, using a large bowl on the bottom to catch the water flow. Many tanks and years later, I find myself dumping in substrate 50lbs at a time, then dumping in 5 gallon buckets at a time and letting the substrate blast all over the place. Then I reach in the water and swoosh everything back into place somewhat, walk away and let it clear up.

I'm probably just turning into a slob but I think it's more fun this way.
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I used to be very careful adding water, using a large bowl on the bottom to catch the water flow. Many tanks and years later, I find myself dumping in substrate 50lbs at a time, then dumping in 5 gallon buckets at a time and letting the substrate blast all over the place. Then I reach in the water and swoosh everything back into place somewhat, walk away and let it clear up.

I'm probably just turning into a slob but I think it's more fun this way.
How long does it take to settle - a few days? What kind of filtration do you have running at that point, if any?
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I put the rock then sand and then the water....
Had fish in the tank 4 hours later.

This is 6 hours later...
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The end result is the same no matter what, so I think you should do it the easiest possible way. Mixing the salt and water in the tank is a good start.
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When first starting a tank it really dose not matter. Sand in first or water infirst, you will still have a cloudy tank for a few hours. I would think that putting in the water first to mix might make it easier to mix up the salt.
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The only issue is, if you add sand and then water, you trap a bunch of air. Water then sand and you don't. Physical Science 1, 8th grade.
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Would the trapped air be a bad thing?
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Would the trapped air be a bad thing?
The whole idea behind a DSB is to provide anaerobic conditions for nitrate reducing bacteria. If there's a lot of air trapped in there then you won't get these benefits.
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Would the trapped air be a bad thing?
The whole idea behind a DSB is to provide anaerobic conditions for nitrate reducing bacteria. If there's a lot of air trapped in there then you won't get these benefits.
Ahh, I guess I was trying to make sense considering the plenum systems.
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