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Old 08-16-2015, 08:16 PM   #421
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Can anyone help me with suggestions about adding additional live sand or crushed coral to a tank with fish without creating a whirlwind or another cycle?


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What I did when I replaced mine was dump sand in 5g bucket than fill with tank water ,
than I scooped out coffee mug full of sand and slowly added to tank , just be sure shut off power heads
(note : keep hand over top of mug as you submerge the mug of sand to keep sand from spilling out )
just take your time , I remember those sand storm days before I knew better
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:28 PM   #422
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A piece of PVC. Put it into the sandbed already there and dump into the pipe. You can then pull the pipe out and move it further around the tank to keep the sand bed even. It will prevent any issues besides what the flow of the system decides that it needs a new home.
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Wish I would have thought of that when I did my sand bed , I did cup by cup next time I'll have to try the pipe idea
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Ok. Sounds like a winner. Will work on this tomorrow. I think I already have an available pic pipe. Thanks!!
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so how did things turn out you get your sand in
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I wasn't able to start the sand project until yesterday. I decided to split up adding the new sand across about a week. The pvc pipe worked well. One very bad thing happened. I lost a fish. Either the yellow assessor jumped and I can't find him, or somehow I buried him. Seems like I will never get this tank stocked. First the Chromis, then the blenny, now the assessor.
Meanwhile, the reef tank is running along just fine.
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It is good to keep the addition slow and spaced out.
In terms of the assessor, it could be hiding from such a large changing event. Is there a top on the tank?
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The top was off during the sand project. Thw whole top was off, so I couldn't keep a watch on all of it. However, I never found him, inside or out. I hope he's hiding in the rocks, but I hoped that about the blenny and I never found him. Good idea about the pvc pipe. It worked well.
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Happily the assessor was swimming as normal in the tank this morning. It felt great to see him. Only problem is, I'm gonna scare him to death Monday when I put more sand in and he will retreat back into the rocks.
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well it's good to see it's coming along , those basslets are tuff fish , basslets are found in muddy area's so thats nothing for him , I got 3 basslets myself all mine are about 5 inch they grow fast,
Got a carpet nem he is huge almost 2 ft in diameter when he is fully open he covers almost the whole open area of the 40b that the rocks don't inhabit
Just encountered a big hair algae outbreak , stupid me bought premixed salt water from fish store turned my reef into a instant phosphate factory , I don't know what I was thinking , try doing a short cut as I got lazy now I pay the price , Hope you get the rest of the sand in soon ,
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