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Old 03-23-2013, 10:46 PM   #1
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Changing my substrate

What is the best way to change my substrate I have several hermit crabs Roughly 20 A few fish Couple snails And some Live rock I currently have crushed seashells I'm going to sand I do not have a backup tank to put my stuff into Does anybody have any ideas
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:52 PM   #2
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I cut all my jets/power heads. Used my daughters beach shovel and carefully pulled it out. Then I used the time to do a water and vacuumed the glass as best I could. Then after rinsing my finely crushed coral I placed it to one side of my tank and gently moved it around the bottom.

You might get a little cloudiness but you should be alright. I did this to my 55 gallon with no adverse affects.

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Old 03-24-2013, 12:46 AM   #3
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I was kind of thinking of way butt I was not sure if that was ok or I would crash my my system bio
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what size tank?
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:16 AM   #5
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80 g so it's going to be a job to get the old out
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Just take your time getting it out and cut all your flow to minimize the "kick up". Should prolly take you a couple of ours, but so worth it.
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Thank you for your help I am going for next weekend
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:06 PM   #8
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Looks nice. Finely crushed or sand will really set it off. Although, black sand would really set that bad boy off
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:48 PM   #10
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I would love use Blacksand But I hear it's really hard to keep clean I've got hundred 50 pounds of white sand
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