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Old 08-20-2014, 09:12 PM   #1
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Switching to sand

Hi. I have a betta and 2 cories in my 5 gal. I bought the cories before I knew they should be kept in 6s because Petco people are stupid. I also bought them before I knew they like sand.

Sooooo I'm doing a half sand, half gravel tank

I have a 2 gal container for my cories to go into while the process is happening and a vase for my betta to go into.

My question is how long does it take for the sand to settle? I don't want my fish to be kept out of tank for too long due to stress and the bacteria levels falling.

Would they be okay overnight or should I wait until tomorrow morning to switch?

Also how do I go about sand and my filter? Does it get stuck?
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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1) make sure u rinsed your sand
2) switch ur filter off
3) net ur fish out
4) pop in the sand
5) leave it for 5 mins ( no filter running)
6) put ur fish back in the sand won't cause any harm to ur fish as it's treated and put ur filter back on
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Are you going to put the sand on top of the gravel, or remove the gravel and have just sand?
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the gravel will mix with sand eventually. I would go all sand. The corys will be happier that way.
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If you put sand on top of gravel, eventually the sand will work its way to the bottom, and the gravel will be on top.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:22 PM   #6
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What I did was take all the rocks out and all the water and I cleaned the walls of my tank. I put the sand in about 1/4, 1/3 of the tank and did gravel the rest. No cloudiness, nothing. My cories stay on the sand- they love it .

I didn't do the whole tank sand because I heard bettas confuse sand with food so I make sure to feed her over the gravel.
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